The California Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is gearing up for its next movie night season.
The 2018 season will mark the PTO's 10th year in hosting the event. The organization's president Ronessa Gunnerson said the "affordable and fun event for families to attend" will remain free of charge for admission.
"Each grade level hosts a movie night and we try to show new releases," Gunnerson said. "They raise funds through concessions and raffles for their classrooms. At times, a local business will sponsor the event."
The first movie night of the season will be hosted by the third grade Sept. 14 and will show "Coco" at 7 p.m.
For the particular month, a grade level selects a movie for spectators to view together. A sponsor usually purchases the DVD, gives raffles, or a monetary donation toward the movie night, Gunnerson said. Currently, the PTO is looking for new, fun and fresh ideas for the monthly movie nights. One of these ideas is to possibly choose a theme to go along with the movie that is being played.
"There is always a great turnout," Gunnerson said. "I'd confidently say 100-plus, most evenings. The PTO makes every effort to look at the district calendar and avoid scheduling a movie night during a home sporting event."
While admission is free, profits are earned through concessions and raffles. Every penny earned goes right back to the grade-level hosting the event for the month. The monies go toward classroom needs.
The second film will be "Hotel Transylvania 3," hosted by the first grade Oct. 12.