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Trinity Catholic students collect nearly 3,000 items for Souper Bowl

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MASSENA - The Baltimore Ravens won this year’s Super Bowl, and the Massena Neighborhood Center and St. Vincent de Paul were the winners of the Souper Bowl Challenge.

The Souper Bowl Challenge is a fundraising effort at Trinity Catholic School. All classes from pre-K to six compete against each other to bring in the most canned goods and non-perishable food items for the local food pantries. It coincides with the annual National Football League showcase.

This year’s effort was a huge winner, according to Principal Kathy Behrens, who said that as of Friday the classrooms combined to bring in 2,969 food items that were distributed to the Massena Neighborhood Center and St. Vincent de Paul Monday morning.

Eric Pomainville’s fifth-grade class led the way in collections, followed closely by Michele Bombard’s sixth-grade class, Christine Britton’s fourth-grade class, Ann Borsellino’s fifth-grade class and Pam Bogdan’s first-grade class.

Ms. Behrens said the effort started after the students returned from their Christmas break and culminated with the arrival of the Super Bowl.

“They just bring in canned foods or non-perishable items. It’s a way to give back,” she said. “The kids get so excited.”

As part of the fun, students wore their favorite team’s jersey to school on Friday, Ms. Behrens said.

The collected food items were boxed and grouped by category, which included cereals, crackers, fruits, canned fish and meat, soup and more. The boxes were on the school’s cafeteria stage during Monday morning’s prayer service.

“Look at the beautiful work you did for the Souper Bowl. Give yourself a round of applause,” Ms. Behrens told the students.

Also on display was a visual representation of the amount of goods collected by each classroom. Different colored squares represented each classroom, and the squares climbed up one of the cafeteria walls.

“Each square represents 10 food items,” Ms. Behrens said.

Thomas E. Proulx from St. Vincent de Paul and Massena Neighborhood Center Executive Director Elaine H. Eggleston were on hand Monday morning to thank the students for their efforts.

“Thank you to all of our young people and teachers for organizing this,” Mr. Proulx said. “God will bless you tremendously. Thank you so very much.” “Because of all of your help, we will be able to put more food on the food pantry shelves,” Ms. Eggleston said.

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