Spring Fling Promoting Summer Fun at the School of Bright Promise


   STEUBENVILLE-Students at the School of Bright Promise will be celebrating summer a little early during their annual Spring Fling activity.


More than 60 special needs pupils from Bright Promise, Weir and Oak Glen high schools are expected to converge on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Steubenville site’s gym to enjoy food, music and togetherness. Organizer Ryan Finney, a secondary instructor at the school, said the theme is “Summer Fun” and will include a variety of beach and tropical décor.


“Our peer leadership group came up with different themes and students got to vote, and the one with the highest votes was selected,” he explained.


Students can dress up for some fun in the sun and enjoy music and karaoke with DJ Richie Coburn, as well as lunch and camaraderie. Student volunteers from the other schools have also assisted in the past and Finney added that it was a great way for the kids to fellowship.


“We’ve done it for about five years,” he commented. “It’s just to give our older kids a formal-type dance at the end of the year and to have other schools come in so they can interact. There are some who attended last year and became friends at the dance, so they actually remember them. They love seeing them again and just hanging out.”


Previous events were held by an organization based at Franciscan University until 2015, when the School of Bright Promise took it over. Prior venues were held in Weirton, Bethany, and Steubenville while Steubenville High School students have also participated.