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Jackson Heights second-graders stand with some of the canned soup they collected during their "Soup-er Bowl" food drive in January. Teacher Sue Williams and student teacher Heidi Blanchard helped oversee the effort.

Jackson students collect 485 cans in "Soup-er Bowl" food drive

February 3, 2014 — Second-graders’ hard work and the generosity of the Jackson Heights school community combined to make a powerful force for good during their big game-themed “Soup-er Bowl” food drive.

Students in Sue Williams’ class made signs to hang up around the school, wrote letters to each class explaining what the food drive was all about, and kept a running count on the number of items collected.

“On the final day, they each filled a box and counted all the soup cans and other food items,” said Mrs. Williams. “Together we added them up to learn that we had collected a total of 485 cans.”

The collection was brought to Open Door Soup Kitchen last weekend, in time for Super Bowl Sunday. “The students were very excited to be able to help those in need,” said Mrs. Williams.