posted on December 11, 2015 15:48
The Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School recently held a Soup Drive to support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and Northern Dauphin Food Pantry. As Elementary PTO Co-President, it was an idea of mine to involve our community with our school. So many families in our community are struggling financially at this time of year and this was a way to give back to these families, and also to show the children kindness goes a long way.
We certainly had an abundance of soup donated by the students! We made it a contest between the grades, K-4th, so we could try to collect more soup. In the three weeks the soup drive ran, from November 1-25, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary students brought in 1,164 cans of soup that will go to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, more than half a ton of soup! The first grade class collected the most cans, 362, with one student, Kaylani Strausser, collecting 150 cans herself. The students and families at Upper Dauphin Area Elementary have very big hearts!
Our school also collects Campbell’s Soup Labels for Education. The Food Bank has graciously offered to cut them off the soup cans and give them back to our school. The labels are used to earn points, which in turn can be used to buy much needed items for the classrooms. The Upper Dauphin Area Elementary PTO is very involved in our school district and we plan on giving back to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank not only at this time of year, but throughout the year!