Camp Arrah Wanna fundraiser will benefit learning-center students
While the Mount Hood area is abundant in recreational opportunities, one commodity the communities on the mountain struggle to find is child care.
Every year the nonprofit preschool, Mt. Hood Learning Center (MHLC), strives to offer preschool education and afterschool care to more and more students. One of the ways the staff funds those opportunities is with its spring fling event.
This year's festivities will kick off at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Camp Arrah Wanna, 24075 E. Arrah Wanna Blvd., Welches. The event includes an oral auction, silent auction, plant sale, live music and dinner for purchase.
"MHLC exists to provide a local child care environment that's safe and affordable for families to utilize," said Alicia Sperr, the center's board president. "A lot of families up here don't work Monday through Friday, nine-to-five jobs. We live in a very unique little area, (so) our program is flexible for families."
The center provides child care and classes to more than 100 children between the ages of 3-12 throughout the year, but can't fund that effort alone.
"If we didn't have the fundraiser, families wouldn't even be able to afford tuition and we wouldn't have the program," Sperr noted.
Sperr hopes to raise about $15,000 with this year's event. The funds will help pay for teachers and classroom supplies. Besides the obvious benefit of the event for the center, Sperr said the spring fling itself is fun to attend.
"I enjoy seeing the camaraderie with the community and seeing all the people who come to support the center," she said.
The event is free to attend and supporters of all ages are welcome. This event and the center are not affiliated with the Oregon Trail School District.