JPPSS Students Are Super Kids – Super Sharing!

Thousands of books and pieces of sports equipment have been collected and donated to under-served children in the Greater New Orleans area, thanks to the efforts of local students.

“Super Kids – Super Sharing was a program that we started 13 years ago in every host Super Bowl city,” said Jack Groh, director of the NFL’s Environmental Program. The idea was to give kids an opportunity to shift resources around a little bit.

Groh said that students who have more than enough of certain items, i.e. books, sports equipment, etc. can bring those items to other schools or community programs that are in desperate need of those items.

JPPSS schools Marrero Academy and Schneckenberger Elementary recently teamed up with the National Football League, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee and Kingsley House for a Super Bowl project called Super Kids-Super Sharing. Other schools from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Recovery School District and private schools joined in the effort, and together, they collected 10,900 books and 2,015 pieces of sports equipment.

This grassroots community project started in local homes earlier this month as students and families gathered up lightly used books and sports equipment to donate. Those items were brought to participating public and private schools in early January.

On January 17, school coordinators and students – including representatives from Marrero Academy and Schneckenburger – brought donated items to Kingsley House in New Orleans. Items were sorted, then made available to designated local schools and organizations that serve children in need, including Kingsley House and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. Former New Orleans Saints player, Michael Lewis, Saintsations Cheerleaders, and Team Mascot Gumbo joined in the festivities to greet and thank students and coordinators.

“It is important for the NFL to leave a permanent legacy in a Super Bowl host city,” Groh said. “We want it to be a very positive reminder of the Super Bowl way beyond the game.”

Super Kids-Super Sharing is part of the National Football League’s Environmental Program. It teaches children to “recycle” items they no longer need and pass them along to others who can benefit from them. The program also promotes NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign, by sharing sports equipment among children in the community.