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Spring Fling - An Only at Gibbons Event
Rachelle Garbarine

Robotics demonstrations, hands-on art projects, sporting events, photo booth, drama showcase, tailgating, and more, much more… All these activities are part of the school’s first-ever Spring Fling, which aims to showcase the many opportunities created by and available to students and to celebrate all things Gibbons. 

Not surprisingly, students conceived the idea for and will run the event. It will take place throughout the Gibbons campus from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

To be sure, Spring Fling will join the numerous other activities, including over 50 different clubs, and one of a kind-events, that offer students the opportunity to learn, lead, play, and grow. They are also essential to campus life and to the Gibbons Experience.

Planning for Spring Fling began over a year and a half ago after senior leaders, led by Alex Kopp ’18 and Lauren Pettibone '18, wanted, “to create opportunities for students leaders to collaborate, share ideas, and develop relationships,” said Gibbons Science Educator Gabi Burn. She together with Assistant Principal of Student Activities Mike Rogosich worked with the students to turn their idea into reality.

“Spring Fling will showcase and celebrate all of the ways students are engaged in faith, service, and leadership on our campus, which is what makes Gibbons so special,” said Science Educator Gabi Burn.

Kopp noted that the idea was “to create a legacy at Cardinal Gibbons that uplifted and celebrated our entire community.” To that end, more than 100 students have been involved in the planning process and more than 500 students will be participating in the event. Along with our Gibbons community members of Catholic Middle Schools, Broughton High School, and the friends and families of all those interested in Gibbons will be invited to engage in all the event’s festivities.

In an email to the Gibbons school community the students planning the event explained its goal. Here’s what they wrote: “We look to bring our whole Gibbons community together, much like we do on Family Football Night, to celebrate our time with each other! We are looking to provide a fun and safe environment for all the Gibbons families to enjoy.”

Kopp added, “We hope to captivate and inspire underclassmen and rising high schoolers that they can come here and do anything and be successful.”

Educator Gabi Burn said, “Spring Fling will showcase and celebrate all of the ways students are engaged in faith, service, and leadership on our campus, which is what makes Gibbons so special.”

What do those involved in planning Spring Fling hope people will take away from the event?  “People hopefully will be inspired to reach out and stretch themselves because the environment they feel is so welcoming and uplifting,” Kopp said.

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