All my childhood friends from around the block and the members of the community that are heavily active are in one spot: The Midnight Circus. We helped set up the mobile circus tents and the empty space in front of us quickly turned into a mini carnival covered in midnight blue. Some of us worked concessions and others directed the viewers to the designated areas. There was never a point where any of us were bored. The neighborhood council also volunteered and ran the event, meaning we got to speak with each other about other possible events we can create to unify our community. During breaks, we got to see the performers practice. If we were lucky, we would even be able to see the entire show through an opening of the curtain while we worked. When we couldn’t the laughs and cheers of the families were enough to keep us going. I would see families that came more than once and even told me that they would recommend the experience to everyone they know. I knew we had to recreate an event like this again for next year. It’s the third year we have helped with the circus and I guarantee you more years are to come, even when I’m gone. An event like this would never have been possible if we never talked to our park districts. So I ask you to do the same, it can be the PTO in your school, a church, or a park district like us. Who knows, you may be helping a circus perform in your neighborhood next.