Great cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence for Ben

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

YEAR 9 stu­dent at Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar, Ben Tem­ple­ton, has had a ball vol­un­teer­ing at the Euroa Com­mu­nity Cin­ema for the last three weeks as part of a school com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­ject.

Ben was asked to choose an or­gan­i­sa­tion to com­plete eight hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and thought the cin­ema would be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Vol­un­teer­ing at the cin­ema was a way to do some­thing that I am re­ally in­ter­ested in and com­plete my hours,” Ben said.

Dur­ing his time at the cin­ema, Ben has as­sisted with get­ting the pro­jec­tor up and run­ning for the movies, sold tick­ets at the front counter and cleaned and pre­pared the cin­ema be­fore and af­ter screen­ings.

Ben has al­ready ex­ceeded the eight hours of vol­un­teer­ing be­cause he has en­joyed his time at the cin­ema so much.

His favourite part of the ex­pe­ri­ence has been sit­ting in on some fan­tas­tic movies, in­clud­ing Won­der Woman, which screened ear­lier this month.

Ben also en­joyed learn­ing how to work the pro­jec­tor and the his­tory of cin­ema tech­nol­ogy.

“I liked learn­ing about how cine­mas have changed over the years and how they work to­day,” he said.

Ben spent a lot of his time as­sist­ing Brendan Pater­son, who is a long- serv­ing vol­un­teer at the cin­ema.

Brendan has re­ally en­joyed hav­ing Ben around to help out.

“It’s great to see some­one like Ben come in and have the op­por­tu­nity to learn in a new en­vi­ron­ment,” Brendan said.

Brendan is a school teacher and said ex­pe­ri­ences like Ben has had are cru­cial to a young per­son’s de­vel­op­ment.

“Get­ting kids ready for pre­em­ploy­ment is so im­por­tant and the Euroa Com­mu­nity Cin­ema is a great way for kids to ex­pe­ri­ence things like cus­tomer ser­vice, man­ag­ing a live venue and so­cial­i­sa­tion,” he said.

Brendan also said the mati­nees of The Lion King and Willy Wonka and the Choco­late Fac­tory for kids dur­ing the school hol­i­days were a huge suc­cess.

“It’s so unique for a small town like Euroa to have some­thing like this; we are so lucky to have a cin­ema,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing movies, visit the Euroa Cin­ema icon on the home­page of Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil’s web­site www.strath­bo­ or ac­cess the Euroa Com­mu­nity Cin­ema Face­book page.

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