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Union County Community Shelter officials thank UCPS for donations

UCPS principals were thanked recently for their fund-raising efforts with the Souper Bowl of Caring. Pictured, from left, is Marvin Elementary principal Lynn Cole, Weddington High School principal Jonathan Bowers, UPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis, Jenn Alexander, the Community Support Manager with Union County Community Shelter alexander, and Porter Ridge Middle principal Lee Casey Jr.

Thanks to hundreds of Union County Public Schools staff and students, the efforts to end hunger and homelessness in Union County recently got a major boost.

Jenn Alexander, the Community Support Manager with the Union County Community Shelter, thanked UCPS principals and staff recently for raising $25,253 for the Souper Bowl of Caring.

Alexander said 2014 was the first year that the fundraiser moved into the public school system. The total dollars raised last year for this event was $17,000. Approximately $5,000 of that came from the school system.

This year, event organizers decided to raise their goal for the campaign to $25,000.

“The schools alone broke that,” Alexander said. “I was floored. UCPS just blew that out of the water. Thanks to UCPS, we are now at $40,000 for the Souper Bowl of Caring.”

Several UCPS schools were highlighted at the principals’ meeting for their fund-raising efforts. Weddington High School was the top giver; raising $3,491.

“The students and staff of Weddington High School continue to demonstrate their giving spirit, no matter the cause,” said Weddington High principal Jonathan Bowers. “Our student government spearheaded this initiative and stepped up to meet the needs of our community. Time and time again, I am in awe of our student body’s commitment to service and their willingness to be the agents of change.”

“I am so grateful to have Weddington High School on our team to end hunger and homelessness in Union County,” Alexander said.

Other top givers in the Souper Bowl of Caring were Porter Ridge Middle and High Schools, Weddington Middle, Cuthbertson High School, Marvin Elementary, and Wolfe School.

“I can't tell you how life-changing these funds will be for those we serve, including many families in the UCPS system who find themselves homeless or hungry,” said Kathy Bragg, the shelter’s executive director. “The number of food boxes we can prepare for families with hungry children will be a great testament to these efforts as well.”

“I’m inspired by this community and how ‘sweet’ Sweet Union really is,” Alexander told principals. “This is just amazing.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 10, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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