In an effort to raise funds for the Philippines, the Desert Vista National Honor Society (NHS) will be hosting a movie night next week for the entire Ahwatukee community.

Considering Christmas is right around the corner, members felt it would be a great idea to show “Elf” on a projection screen in the courtyard of the high school.

Secretary Megan Tran said all returning members of NHS are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service consisting of in- or out-of-school.

“We want to bring in that community aspect, too and expand it to the community of Ahwatukee, so we encourage families to come,” Tran said.

President Jay Raju believes that by having this event, new members of NHS will be able to get a first look at what the organization does for the school and the community that surrounds it.

“The movie night is essentially one of the ways that NHS wants to make a mark here at Desert Vista, to build a holiday tradition. The way that we are doing that is gathering up as many kids as possible and putting them in the courtyard… we want to make sure we are one big family as opposed to several disjointed members,” Raju said. “We wanted to build this as kind of something that will continue to go on, not just for this year, but several years in the future.”

Raju added that members wanted proceeds to go to something that was occurring in the “here and now” and decided that creating awareness for the Philippines was a way to make a positive impact on the world.

The NHS charity movie night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Desert Vista Courtyard, 16440 S. 32nd St.

Members will be asking attendees for a $5 minimum donation that will go to support the Philippines.

For more information about the event, email vice president Sue Han at

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