Twenty three second graders from Warwick Elementary School raised over $1,000 since May 1st through their Soup for the Soul Project. The project helps to support the Doylestown Shelter/Food Pantry.
The idea began when Mrs. Nadine Sobusiak’s class read the book Stone Soup, retold by Jon J. Muth. The book inspired the class to make a difference in their community by helping the hungry and homeless. Students made and sold ceramic bowls and homemade Creamy Tomato and Stars Soup. In addition, with the help of 5th grade volunteers, they also made many “Soup Mates” – fuzzy yarn creatures with google eyes. They used much of their own time to work on the project, including giving up weekends, recess and staying after school.
Students participated in all aspects of this project, including everything from project design through marketing, sales, and delivery of their goods. The students learned valuable curriculum lessons through this effort, and used persuasive writing and verbal skills to persuade local business owners (Giant in Jamison) to donate bags and containers for the soup. Through their efforts, they raised over $1,000 for donation.
The students themselves describe the soup and items they sold as being “made from the heart.” The class felt that this project was the “right thing to do…because other people aren’t having their survival needs met.” One student added, “it is a good project because we all worked together to help people who need things.”
The class will be hand delivering the donations collected through this project to the Doylestown Shelter/Food Pantry at 5:30 on Thursday, May 21st.