High school National Honor Society/Key Club’s June 3 drive-in movie fundraiser to raise grocery money for Wawayanda Senior Center members

Students with movie poster

The Minisink Valley High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) and Key Club members are holding a special fundraiser at the Fair Oaks Drive-in in Middletown that will raise money to buy ShopRite gift cards for members of  Wawayanda Senior Center and give participants a fresh-air evening of fun.

On Thursday, June 3, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the 1986 classic starring Matthew Broderick, will be the drive-in’s featured movie. This iconic, family friendly comedy focuses on a  high school wise guy who determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks.

Tickets are $25 per carload and can purchased from any NHS or Key Club member. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., with the movie airing around dusk.

Fair oaks drive in

Student organizers knew that during these pandemic times, senior citizens have been dealing with financial difficulties, feeling vulnerable and some having a difficult time getting out of the house to buy groceries. They also knew the school community has been also been hit with many people feeling isolated and lonely.

Working together…. 

Their solution?  A collaborative effort by NHS and Key Club members to organizer a fundraiser to bring people together in an outdoor setting while raising money to buy those gift cards.

“This is not just an act of charity; it is an act of kindness on the part of our responsible young adults with keeping the needs of our senior community in mind,” Kathryn Sherlock, Town of Wawayanda, town clerk.

Students also felt the fundraiser gives people a chance to get socialize and make a difference.

“Having this drive-in movie is a great way that people can get the chance to go out and watch a movie and stay safe in their own cars,” said NHS member Jack Belletiere. “It brings back a little bit of normalcy into the crazy world we are living in.”

Movie posterAdded NHS member Clayton Fogler: ¨I cannot wait for the drive- in movie fundraiser at the Fair Oaks Drive-in. Olivia Lombardo has done a great job putting this all together with the help of a couple other club members. This will be an awesome night!¨

NHS members Nataly Pena and Hannah Veety felt the fundraiser is a great opportunity to watch a fun movie, see some friends and, equally important, help the elderly.

“It’s such an amazing way to get many people together to work on helping those in need, Hannah added.