Photo by Diya Cadambe.

Aarthi Cadambe, whose daughter attends The Hockaday School, organized a private movie screening for local nonprofit Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas.

“I wanted to spread some cheer and excitement in these girls’ lives for the holiday season,” Cadambe says.

A group of about 35 girls and their families watched Encanto at Look Dine-In Cinemas, which is owned by Hockaday parents Brian and Betty Schultz.

Cadambe was having breakfast with Betty and asked if she could host a private screening for the girls. The movie, Encanto, explores individuality, togetherness, love, acceptance and empowerment, and Cadambe thought those messages would be great for the girls to hear about.

Girls Inc. inspires girls to become strong, smart and bold.

Other Hockaday parents helped by providing snacks and sodas for the attendees. Each of the girls also received a movie poster from Disney.

In the past, Cadambe supported Girls Inc. by donating books to the nonprofit’s entrepreneurship program. She also donated school supplies and Hockaday uniforms to students in India.