Team SISD and Canutillo ISD leaders, board members, and employees faced-off for a friendly flag football match as part of the Socorro Independent School District’s annual Warm the Soul collection drive to benefit needy students.
The game ended with a victory for SISD who defeated Canutillo with a score of 32-24.
Since its inception in 2014, SISD’s Warm the Soul initiative has collected more than 600 pairs of new shoes for underprivileged children. This year, the district also collected blankets, scarves, socks, mittens and beanies.
“Warm the Soul is a fun and unique event where Team SISD and Canutillo ISD join efforts to help students in need,” said SISD Superintendent of School Dr. José Espinoza. “Buying a new pair of shoes can be difficult for some families and we want to help with that need. A new pair of shoes, scarf, mittens or beanies will keep our students warm this season, boost their confidence, and allow them to focus on the education they deserve.”
The charity game, which kicked-off at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Student Activities Complex, welcomed an array of players, including the two superintendents, board members, principals, coaches and other district staff who demonstrated their best athletic abilities and united for a good cause.
“This is my third year participating in Warm the Soul,” said Norma Myers, principal at O’Shea Keleher Elementary School. “Bridging two districts together to help students in need is great! We do it on a daily basis, but to do it this way is a lot of fun.”
After the game, Dr. Espinoza thanked Canutillo ISD and Team SISD staff for their donations and support. SISD Board President Gary Gandara, CISD Board president Stephanie Frietze, and trustee Armando Rodriguez, also thanked both teams for their participation.
“We appreciate Canutillo ISD for getting involved and bringing shoes to benefit our students,” President Gandara said. “This will definitely bring a smile to our students faces.”