CSU–Pueblo offers Drive-In movie night to benefit child care center

Colorado State University-Pueblo and Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) will team up this weekend to entertain area families while benefitting the University’s Child Care Center.

SSFCU and CSU-Pueblo will co-host a Drive-In Movie Night for families to raise money for the University’s Child Care Center on Saturday, April 26 in the newly renovated Massari Arena on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

For a donation of $1 per person, families may view the film, Like Mike, from either the bleachers or on blankets on the gym floor (bring your own) as the movie is shown on a huge 40-foot movie screen in Massari Arena. Food specials (cash only) and prizes, including passes to the Mesa Drive-In, which opens the following weekend, will be a part of the event. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the movie scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The new climbing wall will be available to attendees as well.

The 2002 family film Like Mike features a 14-year-old orphan who becomes an NBA superstar after acquiring a pair of magic sneakers. The film includes cameo features by numerous NBA stars, such as Allen Iverson, Chris Webber, and Vince Carter.

Proceeds of the event will go toward the purchase of new or replacement playground equipment and indoor furniture or equipment. The Early Childhood Education Management Systems (ECEMS) Child Care Center currently serves 77 children from 24 months to five years old, the majority of which are children of CSU-Pueblo students. Children are divided into three classrooms, a toddler room and two pre-kindergarten classrooms, that all use a research-based, child-centered curriculum that focuses on the children’s particular areas of interest and developmental needs. The center recently received four out of four stars from the Qualistar Early Learning rating organization, which makes the center one of two four-star childcare centers in the city of Pueblo and one of the few in the state to receive such a rating on its initial evaluation. The raters examine the learning environment, family partnership, staff training, and education, teacher-student ratios and group sizes, as well as national accreditation.

SSFCU is the third largest credit union in Colorado and the 11th largest in the nation. The credit union has over $4.5 billion in assets and more than 640,000 members in Colorado and Texas. There are 13 Colorado service centers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Fountain and 30 South Texas locations. For more information, visit www.ssfcu.org or call at 1-888-415-7878.

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