Your Name: Mrs. Nelke
Your Group: James Madison School 10 Philanthropy committee
Location: Garfield, NJ
Years Participated: 2
First Year: 2015
This Year: Collected $345 for Center for Food Action
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?In 2014, we saw an article in The Record regarding a food drive in another district.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We have a Philanthropy Committee and we want to teach the children the importance of giving back to the community.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We hold a school wide food drive from January through March. and we also reach out to local supermarkets for donations.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?We used a football field visual to motivate the students to participate and to reach our school wide goal.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?The fifth grade students who are part of the Philanthropy Committee were able to visit the local Center for Food Action to better understand the distribution of food and other products to families within the surrounding communities.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We donated to the Center for Food Action which is a non-profit organization that provides food and emergency services to northern New Jersey's residents living in poverty.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?We would like it to be more competitive among other districts who also participate.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It is important for us to promote good will and to teach students of any age about philanthropy and charitable giving.
What does it mean to you?I believe it is extremely vital to engage young students in philanthropy as it gives them a fantastic opportunity to learn about the idea of giving and to experience the ability to impact their community and the world in a positive manner.