ROSELLE, NJ - Students at Harrison Elementary School in Roselle prepared for the Super Bowl weekend by providing warm comfort to neighbors in need.
Members of the school's 4th-grade class participated in Harrison Elementary SOUPer Bowl Food Drive, a month-long collection of canned goods to be donated to the food pantry at Heard AME Church in Roselle.
More than 430 cans combined were collected by the school's homerooms, according to Christine Cutinello, a guidance counselor at Harrison Elementary.
"This program is so exciting because it teaches our students the power of giving and because everything donated stays within our community," Cutinello said.
Barbara Smith of Heard AME Church said programs like the SOUPer Bowl helped to foster a new generation of community-minded supporters.
"Our food pantry has been in operation for 35 years and it's because we've been able to cultivate a passionate group of supporters and volunteers," she said.
"Working with the teachers and students at Harrison Elementary instills a sense of civic pride and commitment to the community," Smith added.
The program also falls in line with Harrison Elementary's state and national recognition as a "School of Character." In January 2017, Harrison was awarded the New Jersey State School of Character Award and Acknowledgment and then in May 2017 it was awarded and designated a National School of Character.
"We have a lot to live up to and we that by doing our part in the community," she said.
Superintendent Dr. Richard Corbett said the community collaboration was central to the district's mission.
"This is the kind of vision we have for Roselle," he said. "Not only do our students learn what service to the community is about but they see firsthand what it means to work together with our community partners. When you cooperate you can do great things."
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