Members of U-E's 'The Squad' enjoy private screening of Black Panther

VESTAL, N.Y. - Union-Endicott middle and high school students enjoyed a private screening of a popular movie after raising money for their after school club.

Around 80 students went to AMC Theater in Vestal to watch the new Marvel Black Panther film.

It's a superhero film based off of the Marvel Comic, Black Panther, and stars a predominately black cast.

The boys who saw the movie are part of an after school club called "The Squad" which is geared toward male students of color.

The group was founded five years ago after the district discovered lower graduation rates in that demographic.

Students and staff say it's an important movie for society to see.

"For me, representation is big.  This movie in terms of stories is huge for their representation to see themselves on the big screen.  We want to support this movie and more movies like this that are being made so people can see themselves and their stories.  That's huge," said U-E Social Studies and The Squad Co-Advisor Kyle Wolf.

U-E 10th Grader and Squad Member Zymir Mobley said, "It was amazing.  When I first heard about it, I thought that it was crazy that people would donate that much money to us for us to see the movie.  Everyone is excited and on board to go see it."

The students raised $1,600 using the crowd funding site Go Fund Me and used the money for tickets, popcorn and a soda.

The rest of the money will fund programs, field trips, and scholarships for seniors.

The Squad is planning a trip to the Basketball Hall later this year.

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