Conant High School Movie Night to Benefit Continued Hurricane Relief Efforts

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Conant High School’s student organization H.E.R.O.E.S (Helping Everyone Respect Others and Expect Safety) is hosting a movie night to benefit hurricane Sandy victims from the town of Highlands, N.J., on Jan. 24.

The family film Because of Winn-Dixie will be shown, and all ticket and concession proceeds will go directly to the Highlands community. The event is open to the public and doors open at 6 p.m. in the Conant High School cafeteria. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $2 for students and seniors.

The idea to have a movie night benefiting hurricane victims came after two students in CHS’ HEROES mentioned they have family in Highlands, N.J. Although the hurricane hit in October 2012, towns are still feeling the effects of the storm. Highlands is a town of approximately 5,000 residents. According to Conant High School Psychologist and H.E.R.O.E.S. Sponsor Felicia Macfarlane, out of 873 buildings, 565 buildings were affected by the hurricane, with 206 sustaining minor damage, 94 with major damage, and eight destroyed.  Of the 94 with major damage, only about 10 percent were able to be inhabited.  An estimated 20 percent, or 175 buildings, will never be lived in again.  Similar stories have occurred in hundreds of towns stretching across approximately 130 miles where the hurricane came ashore.

Also contributing to hurricane efforts in addition to the movie screening, patrons will have the opportunity to participate in raffles with prizes such as a student parking pass, prom and homecoming tickets, Legoland tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and more.

For more information, please contact Conant High School at (847) 755-3600.