Son of a nutcracker! The Student Council at Lake Highlands High is planning a drive-in screening of Elf, the Christmas movie, Saturday night in the school parking lot. It’s not a community event – although StuCo leaders are planning a different film for the entire neighborhood next semester – but it’s an activity to bring Wildcats together after this challenging year which halted most student gatherings.

As Buddy would say, “Does somebody need a hug?”

The movie will be shown on a “ginormous” 40-foot screen near the new Hub connector building Dec. 5, and students will have sound piped in through the radio station in their car. Two students will be allowed per vehicle, and Wildcats without a car can bring folding chairs to sit in the front.

During intermission, StuCo will host a costume contest and a car-decorating contest, and food trucks will be on hand from Goff’s Burgers ($10 for burgers, chips and water) and Pokey-O’s ($5 for an ice cream cookie sandwich). The movie vendor will sell $2 popcorn. Tickets are $10 per person and available during school lunch or at the gate, if still available. The gate opens at 6 p.m. and the movie begins at 7.

High school seniors were babes in arms when Elf was released November 7, 2003, but chances are good most kids have seen the classic film a few times already. They may even know “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”