In a breakout session hosted by Souper Bowl of Caring, students were greeted at the door with a $1 bill and the following word scramble. You try it! How many words can you unscramble?
Later, students highlighted what stood out to them about Souper Bowl of Caring's mission and vision. Words and phrases that inspired the students include; youth, those in need, united, energy of the Super Bowl, mobilize and caring.
Lastly, students were asked the question Souper Bowl of Caring poses to the nation, What if everyone tuning in to the Big Game gave $1 to tackle hunger and local need? At the front of the room sat three soup pots, each representing a different local organization: The Hays County Food Bank, Southside Community Center and Greater San Marcos Youth Council. The students were reminded that the $1 bill they received upon entering the room was truly their own, to do with whatever they like.
What followed next was a generous act of service - the middle school students used their newly acquired dollars and donated it all back to the community, totaling $92 for the three organizations. When asked why they gave, one student said,
Young people, such as the middle school students at the conference, are the reason Souper Bowl of Caring continues this youth-inspired movement to turn our nation's biggest weekend of football into the largest weekend of giving and serving. Together, we can continue to cultivate the generous and giving spirit of our next generation to make a positive impact in our communities.It hurts me to know that some kids my age don't have what they need to live a comfortable life. I can give what I have, and right now that's only a $1, but I hope it will be more some day.
Souper Bowl of Caring is a TASC Endorsed Program. To get your school involved, contact North Texas Field Director, Renee Gadson or South Texas Field Director, Meredith Massey.
How well did you unscramble the words? Check out the answers below!