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THEARC’s 2024 Spring Fling a Big Success


More than 500 people – the majority of them under age 18 – showed up for Spring Fling at THEARC, the annual spring festival sponsored by Building Bridges Across the River.

The event, held April 6 at THEARC campus, featured food, live music performed by Ellington Cathan and Trio, a moon bounce, and the highlight of the day – an egg hunt for kids along Oxon Creek. In fact, nearly 2,000 eggs were hidden in the woods behind the campus – and all of them were found.

Several of the THEARC’s nonprofit partners participated in Spring Fling, including the Washington School for Girls, Boys and Girls Club, ArtReach, Trinity University, and the Phillips Collection, which offered arts and crafts activities and face painting.

Staff from the Skyland Workforce Center, a program of Building Bridges, talked about the trainings and hiring fairs it offers.

We also welcomed The Institute for Justice, whose team volunteered and brought goodie bags and information about various scholarship programs available to the community. Howard University brought a mobile health unit, staffed with medical professionals providing health information to attendees.

Thanks to our other vendors for their participation and support:

Center for Collective Healing
Charm Madness
DC Department of Transportation
Liberty House
Serving our Children
Uncle Paul Pies
Wayden Gloss
WC Smith
Westbrook Foundation
WIC Children’s National
Vegans Eat Good Too