Interesting fundraiser: Middle school rents out theater for ‘Catching Fire’ event

Our local middle school has rented out a theater for the students to watch “Catching Fire” this Friday on opening night. The PTA is selling tickets for $15 including a seat, popcorn, water and a raffle ticket.

I think it’s such an interesting model for a fundraiser. It’s something the kids will really want to do. The school can make some money and the cost is not outrageous. It’s a nice outing for the students too. They are selling tickets through Wednesday and they think they will sell out.

Is your school doing a similar “Catching Fire” fundraiser? Have they ever done movie nights and rented out a theater? (They often do movie nights at the school playing movies outside but I’ve never seen one at a theater.)

Along these same lines: Sesame Street has come out with its version of “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur.” See what you think.

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DB

November 19th, 2013
12:10 am

What a brilliant idea! I wonder how much money the PTA is making per ticket? And I’m sure the concession stand will still make a killing on food other than the prepaid popcorn and water :-)

However . . . “Catching Fire” is PG-13 — so how many middle-schoolers are going to be allowed to go, anyway? Or is that something that no one pays attention to, anymore?

A

November 19th, 2013
6:19 am

I think it’s a great idea. My elementary kid won’t be seeing this movie, but that’s because he hasn’t read the books, which I think is important to do first. He’ll be in middle school next year and I think old enough to tackle the subject matter. As for PG-13, he’s seen plenty of those, whether it’s the latest Star Wars movies (episodes 1-3) or the Marvel films or even The Hobbit. Again, it’s up to parents to research film content and determine if their child can handle a particular movie and film rating. Mine has seen a number of PG-13s but they have all fallen in the realm of “fantasy” and don’t usually have swearing, sex or even graphic violence.

Mother of 2

November 19th, 2013
7:19 am

This trilogy was written on a middle school level. The inhumanity of the games may be too disturbing for some kids. I wouldn’t recommend it for elementary school children who haven’t already read the book. These are discussion books that many middle school kids enjoy reading and talking about.

I love the fundraiser idea. Kudos to the PTA for their creative thinking.

HB

November 19th, 2013
7:48 am

I don’t think the age thing is an issue. Most 8th graders and a good chunk of 7th graders are 13, and many parents will be ok with slightly younger kids going. It’s just a guideline – my mom would have let me go at age 11 or 12, especially if I had read the book.

mom2alex&max

November 19th, 2013
8:05 am

I let my oldest go went the first movie came out. I think he was 11. He had read the book and I thought he could handle it. He was fine.
But I agree, it is not a movie for younger kids.

Techmom

November 19th, 2013
8:54 am

Great idea! I love fundraisers that bring the consumer value and can be done relatively easily. (Dear God, please do not try to get me to buy any more cookie dough!)

Techmom

November 19th, 2013
9:00 am

And in case anyone has real movie buffs, maybe you can take a tour of the Swan House over the holiday break: http://www.accessatlanta.com/weblogs/buzz/2013/nov/19/atlantas-swan-house-fetching-catching-fire/

FCM

November 19th, 2013
9:50 am

@ DB–most MS kids who do not have uptight parents (and I doubt you were not one) have already let their kids read the book. It is “13″ b/c of the “killing”. I am already looking forward to seeing it next week with my daughter…if 2nd child reads book she can go too.

Divergent is the next “big” one and I going to send the idea to the PTA at our MS today.

FCM

November 19th, 2013
11:34 am

TWG–This has nothing to do with the topic. However, you have blogged in the past about having a hard time finding a swimsuit for Rose. Age appropriate in particular. I have hit that same snag with my oldest (14) in the holiday dress department. She does not need to look like she is going to prom, she does not need strapless, or skin tight, or low cut etc. She also has to mature a body for the dresses sold at say Kohl’s kid store. Then there are the overly matronly stuffs my Mom would wear (YUCK!)

I know Rose may be there too, or will be soon.

So, those already on that sidewalk or past it, where do you find a good dress for the church holiday (and family photo) stuff for her?

FCM

November 19th, 2013
11:36 am

oops @ DB…I meant to say I doubt you were an uptight parent…sorry, I really need 2 cups of coffee before typing.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 19th, 2013
12:24 pm

FCM — I am absolutely have the same problem. We are going to visit Michael this winter In NY so Rose needs some dressy clothes and some warm clothes. She has neither. Everything is sooo casual here and it’s still hitting the 80s. So I have to go and look. I’ve had strep throat since Friday so I’ve been in bed most of the weekend and the last two days. Macy’s is having a big sale today and tomorrow but I looked online and didn’t like anything that I saw. I am thinking I am going to start with JC Penneys and Old Navy which seem to have pretty big junior areas. And then there’s that one store at the mall that they have here and in Georgia — the name is not coming to me — is it 21??? My mom found her some cute stuff there last year. We didn’t have much luck last spring but maybe for the winter. I was looking in Lands End and Hanna Anderson but I think she’s too curvy for the girls sizes but the ladies stuff does look sooo old!! I agree with you a big issue. Report back if you find someplace good and I will do the same. I’ve got to get well so I can get on this!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

November 19th, 2013
12:26 pm

FCM — I’m glad the idea can be helpful to another school. i thought it was so smart.

I would love to know the economic breakdown on it– how much the theater charges the school — do they give them a break because it’s a school?? What is the profit margin on the ticket sales??? very interesting –

WitchyWoman

November 19th, 2013
12:42 pm

@ FCM and Theresa. My daughter is 9 and I often wonder what some of the clothing designers are thinking. My husband ask the other day..”When did hooker chic become the norm?” All they have in many stores is little girl (3-6), street walker, and old lady. For the bathing suits you might have to try a sporting goods store. That’s where I go because my daughter prefers the shorts and surfer dude shirts for swimming. JC Penny did have some age appropriate dresses for about 2 minutes this fall I don’t know if they still do.

WitchyWoman

November 19th, 2013
12:44 pm

As for the topic I think this was a wonderful idea. Schools need to start thinking outside the box for fund raising cause let me tell ya, those cookies and wrapping paper or tiresome.

Techmom

November 19th, 2013
12:52 pm

@FCM – I don’t have a girl but I know what you’re talking about. Luckily right now leggings are in style so even the short junior dresses can look modest with some leggings and maybe a cardigan. Kohl’s junior section is hit and miss though, have you tried Dillard’s or Macy’s? They tend to have a better dress selection and as long as you hit a sale, they can be reasonable.

FCM

November 19th, 2013
1:51 pm

TWG/Witchy/Tech–Thank you going to check it out. TWG, I think Forever 21 is what you are thinking of, the “holiday” stuff still seemed too “hooker chic” when I looked online but I may just have to look at more pages on their site.

FCM

November 19th, 2013
1:52 pm

We did find a couple of things at DOTS last year. They can be hit or miss.

Becky

November 19th, 2013
2:07 pm

Think sounds like a great fundraiser..My two are 11 and they are looking forward to seeing this movie..

@FCM..Found my 11 year old girl a nice dress last night at Sears..We are going to see The Rockettes tomorrow at Cobb Energy Centre and she wants to look “grown up”..She also doesn’t like the dresses in the girls section and in JRs., she wanted to know if any girls even wore dresses..She has to buy a small of extra small in womens, but she likes them to cover her up..Not to mention that the sales girl gave me a “multi” discount.. Good luck.

KAW

November 19th, 2013
2:16 pm

I have found several age appropriate dresses for my middle school daughter at Dillards. They tend to have a good selection. Best to go when there is a sale or coupon. Dillards can be pricey.

jmb

November 19th, 2013
2:42 pm

Theresa, I believe you are thinking of Rue 21. My girls love that place!!

motherjanegoose

November 19th, 2013
2:55 pm

ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN WRAPPING PAPER OR CANDLES! I would buy a ticket to send someone else over those other things. I liked the auctions but that is a lot of work too.

@ FCM…that was 10 years ago for me and I cannot remember…sorry. HOORAH that I do not have to clothes shop for mine anymore. DOUBLE HOORAH since my son has VERY expensive taste! I can afford socks or a tie…haha!

@ Becky…have fun at the Rockettes. I wanted to go but am heading out of town.

HB

November 19th, 2013
3:22 pm

Very few things sold only through fundraisers are worth buying (Girl Scout Cookies are an exception). No one wants wrapping paper, not-so-gourmet candy, or any of the other junk fundraising companies peddle through schools. The best fundraisers sell things people would need/want even if it wasn’t for a good cause — this movie night is a brilliant idea! When I was in high school, our most successful fundraisers were magazine subscriptions (included popular magazines for the same discounted rates people could get elsewhere, but I doubt that would raise much these days) and Krispy Kreme. We didn’t have a shop in town, so delivering pre-ordered dozens trucked down fresh and still hot from Savannah early on a Saturday morning now and then was hugely successful. Car washes usually did well too.

K's Mom

November 19th, 2013
4:03 pm

Have you tried Lands End for girl’s clothing? They have a line that is J Crew knock offs and it used to be fairly cute and had some style but without baring tons of skin. It is a little pricier, but the stuff lasts.

Becky

November 19th, 2013
4:34 pm

@MJG..I’m sure that we will enjoy it..Took her about 3-4 years ago to see them at the Fox Theatre for the first time..I think I enjoyed it as much as she did.. Enjoy your trip..

DB

November 20th, 2013
12:10 am

@FCM — I was chuckling at your mass of double-negatives — I got your meaning, but it did give me a smile this evening! I pretty much let my kids read anything they were able to read, I didn’t do much editing. I only questioned two books — one was “The Giver”, which was suggested by my son’s 4th grade teacher. I read it when she suggested it, and was taken aback by the euthanasia theme. I asked her if she thought it was appropriate for his age, and she said, “Normally, no, but I know you — you’ll be able to talk to him about it.” Another book was “When Dad Killed Mom” (uh . . . what?!) a YR book that dealt with the aftereffects on a family after their dad murdered their mother. One of things that I was not happy about in the book was an apparently gratuitous scene that suggested an incestuous relationship between one of the sisters and the father. I didn’t see how it added to the story, especially as it didn’t really go anywhere to further the story. It was just . . . there. I wrote the author to discuss it, never expecting an answer, and was charmed to receive a very thought-provoking response: he was also a college writing teacher, and noticed that some of his students often wrote about traumatic events such as incest as a cathartic exercise. He wanted to include a reference to it mostly for girls such as them, and said that for girls who had never been exposed to such situations, the situation as he wrote it went right over their heads. But others who had had to deal with it keyed in on it, and felt that they were not such anomalies, and sometimes, like the sister in the book, they realized they needed more help than they thought.

Amen on the street-walker clothes!!!! Remember Parisian? I used to love their classic kids clothes, several holiday dresses from there after mine outgrew the velvet Rothschild holiday coats :-) But then, one year, we went in and I was appalled at the selection — gaudy lurex junk, everything sparkly, with too many sequins, too much rayon chiffon, and too tight!! I wandered around, dazed, and the cashier came up to help me. “Where are all the pretty clothes?” I asked helplessly. She sighed — “We have a new buyer — and this is what they gave us this year. Everyone that walks in here has the same look on their face that you do — they just can’t believe it.”

Even in her early 20’s, my daughter doesn’t like to show too much skin, and she doesn’t like her clothes too tight, her shirts too low or her skirts too short — she works with kids, and needs to be able to get down at their level. She likes Dillards and Von Maur, but her favorite is Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft. She hates Forever 21 — says the clothes are “flimsey” (her word, not mine).

motherjanegoose

November 20th, 2013
7:50 am

@ DB….my daughter shops there too.

Scooby

November 20th, 2013
1:21 pm

Didn’t anyone learn to sew in Home Ec. back in the dark ages?

DB

November 20th, 2013
1:51 pm

@Scooby: I’m not even sure they teach sewing in school any more. My daughter is enchanted that we can buy fabric and actually MAKE a skirt for her, and is making me show her how to sew. So many of the “sewing” machines now are over-computerized with so many fancy do-dads and embroidery, etc. that just sewing a simple seam seems too daunting!

FCM

November 21st, 2013
9:14 am

@ Scooby, I ran a sewing needle through my finger does that count?