Your Name: Amy Schoen
Your Group: Northgate Middle School
Location: Kansas City, MO
Years Participated: 4
First Year: 2012
This Year: Collected $453 for Hillside Christian Church Food Pantry
Way to go!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?Our school social worker brought this organization to my attention a few years ago. My AVID students were researching an organization to donate to as one of their community service projects.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We chose to join Souper Bowl of Caring in order to give back to our local community. During our research we realized that through Souper Bowl of Caring we could pick a local food bank to donate our collection too. We chose to donate to our local church that provides students at our school with backpacks for the weekend full of food.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We believe that giving back to our community will only enhance the support and help keep everyone believing in themselves, even if times are tough and need extra support.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?We do this food drive along with a School Spirit week. Middle School students love to dress up and show their support for a good cause. Our 8th graders in the AVID program get to decide on the Spirit days for the entire school to participate in.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?One of our spirit days this past year was to dress as your favorite superhero. I had a boy bring his daily donation to our donation table and he was dressed in camo and had his dad's dog tags around his neck. He looked at me and said Ms. Schoen, do you know that I am dressed as my favorite superhero, because our armed forces are heros everyday. To be honest, that wasn't the intent of the day, but it spoke volumes for him to be different and spread the word about real life heroism.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We donate to Hillside Christian Church every year. They are a local church in our school's attendance area and they give back to our students EVERY weekend. They help our most needy families make sure they have food on the weekends. We call it the Gator Munch program. Each student that has been identified by our school can pick up a backpack on Friday afternoon and it is filled with food for their entire family for at least 2 meals, minus the main dish. The student then returns the backpack on Monday for it to be refilled and repeated the coming weekend. The volunteers at Hillside always make sure that our students have food each and every week. Our students in the AVID program are often times the most needy. They often can not donate cash, but they fill honored to donate food during our Souper Bowl of Caring week. Being able to help their community is their way of saying thank you to the community for supporting them the rest of the school year.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?The students look forward to the Chiefs memorabilia that is sent to me each year. Every day a student donates at least 1 can food item, I then give them whatever item I have received from your organization. The students love being able to give and receive a little token of something from our local professional football team.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Giving back to our community and our own is very powerful for this group of young citizens.
What does it mean to you?Watching my students in the AVID program take on this project and then seeing how they rally the rest of the school to help support their cause is the definition of true school spirit!