Watch a movie for the cost of helping make a needy child's Christmas brighter.
"The Polar Express" is being shown at Fort Dodge Senior High and the cost of admission is one unopened toy per family. Students in Todd Constable's Understanding Social Systems class are organizing the showing as part of a civic action project.
"Each group comes up with an idea to do something to benefit the community," Erin Trunnell, FDSH student, said. "Mr. Constable came up with the idea to have a movie and then have admission be a toy per family. We contacted Upper Des Moines Opportunity and the YWCA, and they both said we could donate the toys to them."
The class is a new one, according to Dave Keane, FDSH principal.
"(The class) tries to get kids to understand their role in the role of the government and to give them confidence to take action either through governmental bodies or through civic action of their own," he said. "One of the requirements of the projects is to either change a law or help somebody out."
Students in the class have also created a haunted house and an Xbox tournament, among other projects.
"This (movie viewing) is one of the many project they've done," she said. "I think it's kind of a creative one."
Trunnell, with her fellow class members, are organizing the show.
"It's my class, most of them, and there's another period," she said. "Mr. Constable asked for volunteers to help organize it. I offered to help be in charge of organizing it and there are a couple of other kids who are in charge of other aspects."
The showing with also feature an appearance by a holiday celebrity.
"A student will be dressed up as Santa Claus," she said. "So kids can take pictures with him."
Keane said the students are doing "awesome stuff."
"When you give a kid a purpose, sometimes they really surprise you," he said. "Some of these students aren't always our most outstanding academic students, but so far that class, in my opinion, has been a great success, because I've seen some kids who have done just some amazing things and for other people."
Trunnell said she was excited about the show.
"I wish I could see the little kids faces when they get the toys, because that would be really cute," she said.
The movie will show Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the FDSH Little Theater. The cost of admission is the donation of an unopened toy for charity.