Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Souper Bowl Party Also Feeds Police, Needy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Souper Bowl Party Also Feeds Police, Needy

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

It was a tailgate party in a parish center. But it could stack up against any pre-football game blast.

As part of Catholic Schools Week, Resurrection Catholic School had a surprise Souper Bowl of Caring gridiron event Thursday for its 203 students.

The only thing they knew was that they could wear their favorite football team shirts in lieu of their uniforms. Last year, Principal Pat Donahue staged a snow day for the students. This year, it was the football party.

"They were so excited," said Maryellen Bell, director of development. "It was pandemonium."

They did the wave. They clapped their hands to a DJ playing peppy football music. They caught motivational-message scarves thrown into the stands. There were cheerleaders to further stir up the atmosphere. But the piece de resistance were two large inflatable game houses, one an obstacle course and the other containing two football games. Progressive Entertainment gave the school a discount on rental of the inflatables.

Of course, there was food - hot dogs and all the fixings, popcorn and snow cones. And there was a bubble gum contest to see who could blow the biggest one.

"It was just like being at a game," Bell said.

But there was more. As part of the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national youth-led program to fight hunger, the students collected canned fruit for Catholic Charities.

As a community service project, the school's teachers and staff and parishioners from its church, Resurrection Catholic, went a step further. They baked 2,084 cookies for police officers at the Zone 2 substation at Regency Square, which covers most of the Arlington area.

Sgt. Andrew Carnes picked up the cookies and a plaque containing the students' pictures and thanking them for being "our guardian angels. The students also made artwork for the officers. Councilwoman Joyce Morgan, who represents the area, attended the event and talked about the importance of being civic-minded, Bell said.

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