The Fourth Grade Service Project Collects Cans of Food for Local Charities
As the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots prepared for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, students at Evergreen Elementary School in Scotch Plains had their own battle.
Fourth graders organized a school-wide can drive through the Souper Bowl of Caring. Students brought cans of soup, fruits, vegetables, beans and more that were placed in collection bins - one labeled for the Eagles and one for the Patriots.
Over 1,000 cans were collected in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, and the fourth graders will organize them before donating them to area food pantries.
Local Keller Williams realtor Peter Klein is a Philadelphia native and long-time Eagles fan. He attended the Super Bowl in 2005 when the Patriots beat his hometown team.
"My son Andrew wanted to donate as many cans as he could to support the Eagles," explained the older Klein. "We agreed that he would contribute 52 cans if he refrained from all of his electronic devices for five days. Once he realized it wasn't a punishment, he was 100% on board."
Five days later, Andrew had been "screen-free" and working with Shoprite from Home, 52 cans were added to the Eagles bin at Evergreen.
"It was kind of like fasting, but I accepted the challenge because it was a good deed," said the younger Klein.
"We all cared about the people that don't have enough food."
Andrew will be rooting for the Eagles during the Super Bowl with his family in Philadelphia, but no matter who wins the game he said it feels like he has already won.
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