March 8, 2017
The Souper Bowl of Caring team recognized CFISD representatives during a celebration breakfast at the United Way Community Resource Center on March 3. Pictured, from left, are Niki Mehra and Matthew Posoli, Souper Bowl of Caring local youth advisory board members; Clara B. Cooper, president/CEO of Souper Bowl of Caring; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; and Christina Upchurch, Hancock teacher and Souper Bowl team leader.
March 8, 2017—Hancock Elementary School was recognized as one of the 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring “Champions Off the Field” at the Souper Bowl of Caring Celebration Breakfast on March 3 at the United Way Community Resource Center.
Hancock was one of 21 CFISD campuses to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team, a national organization committed to empowering young people and tackling hunger around the time of the Super Bowl. CFISD students joined nearly 6,000 other participating groups across the nation who collected food, in-kind and monetary donations for hunger-relief organizations around the country. The national initiative collected more than $9.5 million in cash and food items, with the greater Houston area contributing $2.3 million to the effort.
The school collected 3,000 of the district’s nearly 20,000 items, which amounted to nearly 14,000 meals for local families in need.
“I was very shocked that we were designated as a Souper Bowl of Caring Champion Off the Field,” said Christina Upchurch, special education resource teacher. “I knew we did well, but I didn’t expect this kind of recognition.”
Upchurch, who served as Hancock’s team leader, helped boost the participation by creating a competition between grade levels and classes. The grade level that collected the most items earned an extra recess. The two-week collection effort gathered pantry items and bottled water for Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM).
“The kids just really wanted to support other families that needed help,” Upchurch said. “They had a good time and there was a lot of friendly competition between the grade levels. A lot of the teachers got involved, too.”
In addition to collection efforts, the Cypress Lakes High School Sterling Stars dance team was invited to help kick off the Souper Bowl of Caring season at NRG Stadium on Jan. 18.