Every three Fridays or thereabouts, our school council hosts a movie night. As my husband is the school council treasurer, we always attend. Typically I help sell admission and refreshments before and during the show. I should clarify that the last couple of movie nights, my "help" has been sitting next to the people doing the actual work.
The council started hosting movie nights as a fundraiser and community builder. So far it seems to be working. Although we often only come away with a modest profit, there are more than a few families that come out regularly. We offer halal and regular hot dogs, a variety of pizza including vegetarian as well as the standard popcorn and drinks. It's been neat to see how many different families come regularly, especially those that are new to Canada or the community. I think our goal of building community has been successful!
While the movie plays, I sit in the lobby with some of the other staff and parents. During the movie, we continue to sell admission and refreshments, but we also enjoy the fellowship. For some of us, that's the most important part. We talk about just about everything and sometimes plan events. Last night, we began to discuss a camping trip during one of the summer long weekends. One family has gone every year for about eight years and has opened it up to the other families. I'm looking forward to both the warm weather and the possibility of further developing these friendships. And of course, it's exciting to be going camping again after a few years off. However, it snowed again this evening causing summer to feel even farther away. *sigh*