Communities In Schools’ Splashdown For Kids Gets an ’80s Makeover

Photography courtesy of Wet ‘N’ Wild

For the past three years, Communities in Schools of Nevada has held its Splashdown For Kids fundraiser over one to two days in April. Proceeds from the event return to the dropout prevention organization’s effort to keep students K–12 in school and on track to graduate. This year, the goal is the same, but the concept has changed to accommodate the Valley’s variable spring weather.

On May 26, CIS hosts an ’80s–themed pool party from 6-9 p.m. at Wet ‘N’ Wild. The swimsuit-friendly event will include era-appropriate music, screenings of classic prom films, a foam pit—in case you’re wondering how ’80s a pool party can get—and a beer garden. Five dollars from every $25 ticket purchased and 100 percent of cabana sales will help fund CIS programs, which includes coordinating basic needs like food, clothing and school supplies to mentoring, academic support and college and career prep for 47 schools in Clark County School District. CIS also provides case-management for students in need of more individualized support.

So, what makes this year different? In addition to attending the party, backers can further support by purchasing a Splashdown sponsorship package, which allows CIS students to visit Wet ‘N’ Wild on any available day in May. Packages range from $125 to sponsor five students to $1,000 for 50 students.

According to CIS of Nevada’s website, 94 students drop out of school every day in Nevada. Now imagine the difference you can make while dancing in your floaties to A-Ha’s “Take on Me.”

CIS Nevada’s Splashdown for Kids

6-9 p.m. May 26, $25 or purchase a scholarship package at, Wet ‘N’ Wild Las Vegas