Your Name: Grace Smith
Your Group: Spring Valley High School
Location: Columbia, SC
Years Participated: 8
First Year: 2000
This Year: Collected $484 for The Gamecock Pantry
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?Interestingly enough, Spring Valley High was one of the first schools to participate in Souper Bowl of Caring. We are right across the street from Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, and a majority of the students who were in the youth group there that organized the first Souper Bowl Collections went to Spring Valley High. Over the years, the school got a little less involved, until this past year. This year, we got more involved through a National Youth Advisory Board member, and held a collection again!
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Souper Bowl of Caring is unique because of its belief in empowering youth, which, as a high school, we believe in. Also, because of Spring Valley High's history with the organization's beginnings, it was especially exciting to re-join the movement in this new day.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?This past year, we held a collection in the weeks before the Big Game, raising over $480. Our school Latin Club also participated in the Service Blitz. In the future, we hope to get even more involved, sending more students to the Service Blitz, raising more money, etc.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Because Souper Bowl of Caring was founded so close by, the name was recognized by many of our students and staff, and they were willing to give more because of that. In our first return effort, small collection boxes were used to collect funds, but we might try other methods of raising money in the future as well.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We donated the collected money to the Gamecock Pantry, a student-run food pantry at the University of South Carolina. Their goal is to serve hungry USC students by providing food aid and to provide resources to enhance the community's overall well-being.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Not at the moment, but we will let you know! Thanks!
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?Participating in Souper Bowl of Caring is especially meaningful at Spring Valley High School because it means that we are joining in the effort that a number of our alumni worked hard to grow. It is awesome to see that SV students helped to start a movement 25-years ago that SV students are still joining in today.