By: Madison Krzos
“It wasn’t a great fundraiser, but it was a great FUNraiser!” says Mr. Jankowicz. The Polar Express movie night brought out many Argo families for a night filled with entertainment, treats and even a visit from Santa Claus.
The Argo Ambassadors hosted the movie night in the LRC on a frigid December night. The Ambassadors and sponsor Mr. Jankowicz were absolutely shocked by the turnout, with an estimated 80 people showing up. For Mr. Jankowicz that was one of the highlights, he also says “Having the FALP students help out and be a part of a nice school-wide event is exactly the point of the club so that was a highlight for me too”.
The FALP students lent a hand to the Ambassadors all throughout the night, helping pass out hot chocolate, cookies and ice cream to the crowd. Ambassador Angelica Resendez tells me passing out the treats was very rewarding because the kids became so happy.
At the end of the film Santa Claus paid a visit to greet everyone. He took pictures with kids and even some AP History students for extra credit. The kids rejoiced when he walked in the room and it made the whole night even more magical. Ambassador Karen Martinez says Santa’s visit was her favorite part, she loved that the kids were so excited and it was a perfect way to end the night.
Mr. Jankowicz calls it more of a FUNraiser than a fundraiser because when costs were factored in the event didn’t make much but with the unexpected turnout there was surely a profit. Mr. Jankowicz and the Argo Ambassadors embraced the holiday season and donated all proceeds to Toys for Tots. The Polar Express movie night was an unarguable success and had Argo families believing once again.