North Ridge Students Break "Souper Bowl" Record
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:42PM

The “Souper Bowl” at North Ridge Primary School in Commack broke the school record with a total of 11,795 cans and bags of soup collected for Long Island Cares. As the soup is collected, Mrs. Esposito, the physical education teacher at North Ridge, sculpts the donations into different shapes. This year, she had enough soup to sculpt three different creations - a lighthouse, a pirate ship, and a cargo ship.

Each day when the children came to gym, they were amazed at how well the sculptures were beginning to take shape and this motivated them to bring in more and more soup. Once the Souper Bowl was over, all the cans that were collected were placed in boxes and donated to Long Island Cares, which is Long Island’s First Food Bank and one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger action organizations. Long Island Cares serves individuals and families in need, and much of their success is due to the support they receive from people like the children that attend North Ridge Primary School.

Congratulations to Mrs. Chiano’s class for winning the “Souper Bowl” by donating 3,728 cans of soup. They received an extra day of Safety City playing time, and in a show of good sportsmanship invited the second place team to join them and enjoy extra playtime in Safety City.

Photo courtesy of the Commack School District

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