• Blue Springs students gearing up to give back in Community Unity Week

  • Students at Blue Springs South and Blue Springs high schools are gearing up for a big football game next week.

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  • Students at Blue Springs South and Blue Springs high schools are gearing up for a big football game next week.
    Although that means a lot of trash talking and cheering for their respective teams, the students at both schools are also coming together for another purpose.
    “The football rivalry will always exist, but the emphasis on giving back to the community certainly helps to change the focus,” said Susan Bubalo, Student Senate adviser at Blue Springs South. “Over the years, both teams have had their wins and losses in this great rivalry. But regardless of which team gets to add a ‘W’ to their column, the big winner of Community Unity Week will always be the people of the Blue Springs community.”
    Community Unity Week, which starts Monday, began 17 years ago as a way to shift the focus from the football game to the idea of giving back and helping others within the community. One of the largest events leading up to the football game next Friday at Blue Springs South's Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium is the nonperishable items and clothing drive that will be held at all schools in the Blue Springs School District. In addition to non-perishable food items, students, families and community members are asked to bring hygiene and cleaning products. Monetary donations can be made as well. All donations collected at the schools will be given to the Blue Springs Community Services League. Donations can also be taken directly to the CSL, 200 S.W. 10th St.
    A traveling trophy will be awarded to the middle school that collects the most food. The elementary schools are arranging their own contests and prizes.
    A special “Cat Clash” section, published by The Examiner, will once again be sold throughout Blue Springs the day of the football game. Proceeds from that event will also be donated to the CSL.
    Clothing items that are donated will be given to The Closet, an outreach program in the school district. Located in the Paul Consiglio Center, it provides clothes to district students who are in need. Five shirts, three pairs of pants, one pair of shoes, new socks and underwear, hats, gloves and a jacket or coat are given to qualifying students twice a year.
    Another activity will be at the Blue Springs Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is allowing each high school to decorate half the restaurant. Customers are asked to mention which high school they are supporting when they order, so that total will be counted toward the right school. The winning school, in terms of decorating and sales, will win and receive 10 percent of the sales from the weeklong event. The competition begins at 6:30 a.m. Monday and ends at 2 p.m. Friday. The Blue Springs Chick-fil-A is the only participating location.
    All of the building winners, including from the Chick-fil-A contest, will be announced during halftime of the football game.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Winston Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we get and a life by what we give,’” Bubalo said. “The goal of education is to provide students with the skills to make both a good living and a good life for themselves. This is a great opportunity for us to instill in our students the idea of giving back to the community. It is such an important part of raising our future generations.”
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