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01/20/2011

Super Bowl program inspires area students to give back in a big way

North Texas students are finding out first-hand that Super Bowl XLV really is more than a game.

It's also about giving back.

Hundreds of students from public and private schools delivered more than 20,000 books, board games, sports equipment and school supplies to the Salvation Army Community Center in Arlington on Thursday morning.

The Salvation Army will distribute the items to less-fortunate schools later today.

In exchange for their generosity, the students got to meet Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick (video), get autographs from Cowboys cheerleaders and shake hands with mascot Rowdy.

Afterward, they boarded buses and headed to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, where they were to get a grand tour.

The event, called Super Kids Super Sharing, is part of the NFL's Enviromental Program and has been happening in Super Bowl host cities for more than a decade.

But organizers said this year's event was the biggest and best ever, setting records for the number of schools that participated and the amount of items donated.

"We do things big here in Texas; we do things right here in Texas," Bill Lively, president of the Super Bowl Host Committee, told the students. "We try to help other people -- and you guys have made a great big difference."

- Melody McDonald

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In response to this video, and to pay tribute to the silly pledge, I just tossed a plastic Sprite bottle into the trash, passing over a "Church of the Green Arrow" container. Thinking about getting a cup of ice in a Styrofoam container.

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