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Thinking Big for the Ultimate Prize

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Thinking Big

September 20 -- Lots of schools add a little extra to their classrooms by redeeming Campbell's Soup labels, but a Salina school is cashing in on the ultimate collection of prizes, using more than 3 million labels.

Students at St. Mary's grade school in Salina, along with their parents and other members of the Catholic parish collected nearly 3.4 million Campbell's Soup labels over the past five years. Now the big payoff of prizes are coming in for their efforts.

Two Chrysler minivans are on the way to the schools, each requiring 1.5 million soup labels. The Salina Diocese Superintendent says they've already booked about 100 different field trip activities this year.

The schools have collected Campbell's labels for years, and turned them in for various prizes; but a few years ago parent and volunteer Rick Brunetti got involved and took the collecting to a higher level, encouraging the entire parish to get behind it. They did, and the school's pastor says Brunetti taught everyone to think big.

The big thinking is also paying off with other prizes. The schools had enough labels for new computers as well.

St. Mary's says they will keep on collecting soup labels.

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