The Thurgood Marshall Elementary SOUPER BOWL OF CARING Food Drive

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park hosted its first “Souper Bowl of Caring” Food Drive
benefitting Fulfill to pay it forward to their community. Students in Pre-K through 5 th Grade joined
together to not only collect the cans, but also construct a “Full Steam Ahead” can sculpture. With the
600 cans collected, students created a large train sculpture which was proudly displayed at the school.
The drive was organized by Esther Murphy, a member of the school staff, who was inspired to bring her
daughter Monica’s vision to life. Monica Murphy began building can sculptures years ago in other school
districts and was eager to share her creative idea with Thurgood Marshall Elementary.

The dedicated teachers, staff, and administrators of the school encouraged the students and were
thrilled to join in on an event representing such a good cause. They were also joined by the N.J.
Secretary of State, Tahesha Way and the Superintendent of Schools, Sancha Gray, who supported the
students’ enthusiasm.

Fulfill is so thankful for all the hard work the students and faculty have shown towards making their food
drive a success. Judy Daniels, Fulfill’s Community Engagement Coordinator notes, “It was such an
inspiring presentation– giving back in a fun and creative way.  The students and staff of Thurgood
Marshall Elementary School should be very proud of this wonderful service project that will provide
close to 500 meals for those in need.”