Students show they care

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By Jesef Williams

All of the cans that Clinton Elementary School first-graders brought in produced a total that made their teachers proud.

The school's first grade classes collected canned goods as part of a nationwide food drive called the "Souper" Bowl of Caring. The drive started about two weeks ago and wrapped up Feb 11.

The cans will be donated to HOPE of Lancaster Inc.

HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, is a nonprofit agency that assists people with food and other expenses.

The students - about 80 in all - collected 371 canned goods. The total was more than triple the 100 cans that teachers expected to collect.

"They did well," said teacher Jennifer Mosley, who spearheaded the drive. "Everybody helped out a lot. We were surprised to get 371."

The Souper Bowl of Caring nationwide fundraiser began in 1990 at a church in Columbia. The idea was to take the popularity of the Super Bowl weekend and use it to mobilize youth to help fight hunger and poverty in their communities. It became a nonprofit organization in 1997.

"You got to help people get cans because a lot of people don't have food," said first-grader Shaniya Brown.

Her classmate, Randy Coleman, has a similar view.

"I was so happy I helped," he said. "I like helping people."

If you are interested in donating canned goods or other resources to HOPE, call director Elaine Adkins at 286-4673.

Contact Jesef Williams at 283-1152 or jwilliams@thelancasternews.com