Elkhart Schools community service initiative

Sports rivalry might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Elkhart Central and Elkhart Memorial, but students from each high school joined forces today to help out the community.

The students pledged to provide 30,000 hours of community service. Their service initiative was announced today at Church community services in Elkhart where the teens kicked off the year-long project today by lending a hand at Soup of Success.

Soup of Success is a not-for-profit that prepares homemade cookies, soups, and dips for needy families in the community.
Students from both schools say they are putting aside their rivalries to support those in need.

“Most of the time when you think Central-Memorial, you think of football rivalry, or baseball or basketball, but we're going to come together and try to accomplish something and give back,” said Matt Eppers, a senior at Elkhart Central.

The service project reminds students of the difference their volunteering can make.

According to Eppers, “Walking in here and seeing just how many people were excited to see students come in here...it really does make an impact, and I think a lot of people are going to be seeing that over the next couple of months.”

If the two schools reach their goal by May 24, 2013, they will celebrate by attempting to set a world record for the largest game of “Red Rover,” pitting Central against Memorial.

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