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Family movie night fundraiser brings in $1,000

Student council members ready to sell snacks at movie night. Popcorn sales at movie night

The Hoover Elementary Student Council once again offered a fun family movie night as a fundraiser and once again it was a great success!

“The idea for the movie night is to provide a fun and safe activity for families to enjoy, while raising money to support various causes,” said Sharon Danforth, fourth grade and student council sponsor.

Families could bring blankets and pillows to gather in the gym to watch this year’s movie, Hocus Pocus. Pizza, popcorn, candy, and drinks were all for sale for $1 or less. Raffle tickets were sold for just a quarter and gave the buyer a chance to win various prizes like activity kits, markers, games, plush toys, LED lights, and more. The raffle drawings were done at the end of the evening.

The fun night totaled $1,000 profit for Hoover Elementary. Of that profit, Hoover will donate $500 to Riley Hospital for Children. The remaining money will be used for an additional project or cause that will be voted upon by the student council.

Danforth said specific plans have not been set yet. She said previous fundraisers have gone toward the Buddy Bench on the playground, new P.E. and recess equipment and contributions to the Gaga pit, service projects of visiting nursing homes and honoring local heroes during the pandemic.

Hoover Elementary donates annually to Riley Hospital for Children as part of the “Kids Caring and Sharing” program. This initiative gives children in schools the opportunity to help other children through fundraising for pediatric research at Riley. Danforth said Hoover strives to send at least $1 per student each year.

Hoover Student Council has 34 members, which is two per class. In addition to Danforth, Steve Spencer is also a council sponsor.