By Layla Heninger
Cactus Canyon Junior High is using the Super Bowl as a reason to have a canned soup drive. The drive began Jan. 23 and ends on Friday, Feb. 3. Student Council is in charge of the drive.
StuCo is donating the soup they get to Project Help, which helps families with children in the AJUSD schools. If every student and teacher donated one can, that would be about 800 cans.
“Part of our job as leaders in Student Council is to help people out and encourage other folks at the school to do the same,” said Jason Davis.
This drive wasn’t necessarily planned. Davis said he and assistant principal Joyce Gingrich only e-mailed each other and briefly talked about it in person. Members of StuCo didn’t even know it was happening before it came over the announcements.
But Mrs. Gingrich said she thought it was important to show students that people in the community need assistance.
“I have always tried to help students be aware of others in their community and aware of the needs of others,” said Gingrich.
As incentive to bring donations, StuCo will provide the top two homeroom classes with a pizza party.
StuCo had its first food drive of the year in September when it donated about 500 items to Project Help. Those items included cereal, pasta, and baking goods.
“When we had the last drive in September, we asked for a lot of items, but soup wasn’t one of them,” Davis said. “It’s a way to use the excitement of the real Super Bowl to do a little bit of good in the world.”