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Massapequa Students Go The Distance To Help End Hunger

Pictured: East Lake Elementary School student council members, from left, Ben Low, Leanne O’Leary, Lian Schnatter, Maddie Morgan and Palmer Tranchina helped rally their classmates to make donations for the St. Rose of Lima food pantry.

Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District

Local hunger relief organizations are getting a big boost in inventory thanks to students throughout the Massapequa School District. Several schools hosted Souper Bowl food drives in honor of the big game.

Berner Middle School’s 12th annual Souper Bowl was hosted by the Chiefs Challenge club. Students weren’t limited to just soup. They could donate any nonperishable item such as pasta, gravy and canned vegetables. All items were given to Long Island Cares.

Massapequa Students Go The Distance To Help End Hunger

The Berner Middle School Chiefs Challenge club hosted its 12th annual Souper Bowl to collect nonperishable food for Long Island Cares.

Under the direction of advisers Caroline Glynn and Juliette Happe, Chiefs Challenge members made several colorful signs to hang around the school to promote the Souper Bowl, which ran from Feb. 5-9. In just five days, students donated thousands of items, filling boxes in the auditorium lobby decorated for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Ms. Happe said based on donations, students predicted the 49ers would be the Super Bowl winners.

“Anything we can do to help and slow down world hunger is good,” eighth grader Justin McComb said.

The donations filled four large Long Island Cares boxes, which the organization picked up on Feb. 15. Hailey Oweis said she was proud that Berner students contributed so much food.

“We’re going to be able to help a lot of people,” she said.

The student councils at East Lake and Lockhart Elementary Schools also hosted Souper Bowl collections, with donations going to the St. Rose of Lima Church food pantry in Massapequa. Fairfield Elementary School’s student council collected donations to keep the shelves stocked at the YES Community Counseling Center’s food pantry.

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