Crothersville Class of ’26 invites public to movie fundraiser Friday night

CROTHERSVILLE

The community has always been supportive by purchasing items from Crothersville students so they can earn money for the senior trip and do other activities.

The Class of 2026 is switching that up a little.

Instead of selling magazines, candy or other items, the 26 members of the Crothersville Junior-Senior High School class have been selling tickets to two movies to be shown Friday night on the backstop at the school’s softball diamond.

For $4, people can sit in chairs or on blankets and watch the movie “Hocus Pocus” at 6 p.m. Then for another $4, they can hang around to watch “Beetlejuice” at 8 p.m. The tickets are free for children 3 and under.

Those who buy tickets to both movies will receive a free bag of popcorn at the concession stand. Other items available for purchase at the concession stand will be hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, candy and drinks. All of those items were purchased by parents of the students to keep costs down.

If you didn’t buy tickets from a class member ahead of time, you can buy them at Friday’s event. Parking will be available at nearby Bard Street Park.

“It’s a community event,” said Tiffany Reynolds, who is a class sponsor with Ellen Prince. “You do not have to be from Crothersville to come to this event, so definitely pack up your kids, bring your chairs and your blankets and be ready for a fun-filled evening with the Class of 2026.”

Reynolds said the students were willing to sell their allotted amount of tickets, and they are excited to sell concessions at the event.

“It’s basically a way for them to earn a lot of money because the things that they will have to do when they are older, like the senior trip, are a really big deal,” she said. “The more money we raise and the harder that we work now building up will kind of determine what kind of trip they are able to have.”

Prince said she and Reynolds wanted to involve the community more than just doing something that’s catalog-based.

“Something that’s totally different than (the students) have ever been asked … giving them a responsibility that they may have never had before is going to be a little bit different, but they are real excited,” Prince said.

“For them to be able to be a part of creating that experience for the community, I think it’s going to make the community feel very connected with the school,” Reynolds said.

Beyond Friday’s event, the class plans to host a breakfast with Santa. The students also may reach out to other groups in the community, and they plan to have a booth at the Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival in June.

“We’re still trying to nail down what we’re going to do, but again, we hope that it’s going to be something a little bit different and kind of unique that nobody’s done at the Red, White and Blue Festival, so stay tuned,” Reynolds said. “We’re trying to be creative with the things that we’re doing, but we also want to make it really fun for the kids.”