While the Super Bowl has players fighting for the most yards, Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School's Souper Bowl had staff and students fighting for the most soup donations.
Organized by Chaplaincy Leader Kim Pastrak and teacher Rita Salverda, the Souper Bowl was a school-wide campaign designed to combat local hunger through canned soup and eye-opening statistics.
For the whole month of October, fifth period classes faced against each other to see who could bring in the most non-perishable soup items. To build spirit, each class created a jersey, complete with a team name and an agency that worked to fight poverty.
The campaign centred around the pro-life message that all life is sacred and that everyone has a right to eat, said Pastrak.
"We have to learn to think past our noses and think about others," added Teacher Librarian Domenica Ciallella
"When we think about others we think about our community, when we think about our community we think about the community at large."
And while the Souper Bowl was a way to educate students about local hunger issues within the Hamilton community, Pastrak noted it was also an opportunity to make connections within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and realize that even their peers can be struggling with hunger.
"It's about advocating for the dignity and value of every human life," stressed Salverda.
To build momentum and see a visual reminder of the impact each class was making, donations were stacked in the Library Learning Commons where students frequent on a daily basis.
Collections will be going to the Cathedral High School Annex and Wilma's Place where students within the Board will benefit from the generosity of the school. Donations such as beans will be going to St. Patrick's Demazenod Door where volunteers make their own soup to feed those less fortunate in the community.
On October 31, the winning class was awarded with its very own Souper Bowl trophy, created by members of the art and construction department. However, the real prize will be delivering the donations in person and getting to see first-hand the impact the contribution will make.
With 100% participation, the success of the campaign directly reflected the spirit of the Bishop Tonnos community.
"It's incredible to see the whole school come together," said Pastrak.
So, with a grand total of almost 4000 non-perishable soup donations collected, Bishop Tonnos brought home the victory.