Family Movie Night at PS 213

Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Shutt. Sarah serves as a senior corps member and City Year New York’s Events and Alumni Project Leader. In addition to supporting our Alumni, she has the privilege of working with 49 corps members and Positive School Climate coordinators that represent each of our 22 teams. During monthly meetings, she trains those corps members to plan and execute events that focus on City Year’s ABCs as well as parent and community engagement.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the PS 213 National Grid team in East New York, Brooklyn. I love visiting this community because I served there last year as a corps member at PS 149. Last night, the PS 213 team invited me to their Family Movie Night event. This event was a Positive School Climate event that the team planned for students and their families. Upon entering the school for the team’s first parent engagement event of the year, I was greeted by a glowing ticket booth and two smiling corps members. Over 55 parents and students gathered in the auditorium for a special viewing of Toy Story 3. Price for admission? A can of food to support to the school’s City Harvest canned food drive.

Corps members Jenani Ambersley and Tashawnee Guarriello pose with Principal Bernard by the ticket booth.

Having served at PS 213 last year as a corps member and knowing how popular the event was, Team Leader, Stephen Grodski said, “It was very exciting to see this event’s legacy continue and be built upon and improved.” On continuing the legacy of this event, Chris Hamm, one of the team’s Positive School Climate coordinators, stated, “We knew last year’s event was very successful and we wanted to continue that success.”

To enhance the overall experience for their guests, the team created 7 giant movie posters and filled 120 paper bags with movie theater popcorn that was donated to the event. By the end of the night, over 45 cans of food were collected and when I asked a student what his favorite part was, he exclaimed, “ALL OF IT!”

Christopher Hamm, Jelani Ambersley, and Phillip Landicho greeted the students and their families into the school. Check out Woody in the background!

Sounds like this event will be around for many years to come. Great job PS 213!