Your Name: Rosalind Daigneault
Your Group: Crestwood Elementary
Location: Tampa, FL
Years Participated: 5
First Year: 2011
This Year: Collected $1,378 for Metropolitan Ministries
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?My daughter served as a volunteer for Souper Bowl of Caring when in high school and college. After graduation, she began working for the organization in Houston, TX.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?I began my relationship with Souper Bowl of Caring several years ago at my previous school and continued the relationship upon transferring to my current school as principal. I chose to participate to support my daughter's efforts as well as to serve my community in this very worthwhile cause.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?At my school, we rigorously hold a food drive each year. Students donate non-perishable food items which are then delivered to hungry families in our community. The deliveries are made by the spouse of one of our teachers. He does this as part of his full-time work.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Our students donate food rather than cash. This past year, students were asked to "can the principal" out of her office. Boys and girls came in daily to cover the carpet in my office. They were mostly successful, covering all but a narrow path to my desk. However, it became very uncomfortable to work with over 1,000 food items covering the floor. Students have promised to cover the entire carpet next year.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Crestwood Elementary serves a student population of high poverty as over 94% qualify for free/reduced lunch. We were proud to report that last year our 900 students donated over 1,000 food items to Souper Bowl of Caring. Despite their own needs, our students and families understand the importance of giving to those even less fortunate. Service learning/giving is an important part of our school culture.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Our donations are given to needy families who live in close proximity to our school, rather to a larger organizations like Metropolitan Ministries or the Salvation Army who serve the greater Tampa Bay community. We do this because many of our own families are hungry and need support.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Most useful to us are communication materials in both English and Spanish (77% of our families are Hispanic.) We could also use any incentives that may be available to use to promote the drive.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Participation in Souper Bowl of Caring is an annual tradition, a time when our students can focus on serving others.
What does it mean to you?Our primary responsibility to student academic achievement. However, ensuring students' basic need for food is met is vital to learning. Students can't concentrate on mastering rigorous academic standards during the school day if they are hungry.