Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) schools are teaming up with the NFL, Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Super Bowl LVII Host Committee, Verizon and the Salvation Army Kroc Center for a Super Bowl project that puts books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of children in under-resourced communities.
Four QCUSD schools gathered supplies for Super Kids-Super Sharing, a unique fundraiser for Super Bowl host communities. Groups from Jack Barnes Elementary, Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary, Newell Barney Junior High and Queen Creek Junior High will be donating supplies.
Representatives from the NFL, Cardinals and the Arizona Super Bowl LVII Host Committee were on site to greet and thank participants during their drop-off event.
Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary teacher, Emily Walicki, spoke of the two-week promotion at the school to encourage donations from students, parents and staff.
“Our Lead Out Loud Club students created videos, posters, made announcements and made social media posts to let our school know about bringing donations,” said Walicki.
Karon Greene, a junior from Queen Creek High, was one of ten QCUSD students participating in the event.
“We have been organizing books, supplies and sports equipment from the donations,” said Greene. “It feels pretty good to help a kid who may not have the things that I have.”
After organizing the donations and hearing from leaders of various organizations, students and staff attended an outdoor event to participate in the NFL’s Play 60, an event designed to encourage students to be active and have fun.