The winner of our third Orlando SOUP event was Achieve a College Education (ACE) Day, which sent a big group of underserved fifth graders to explore higher education and future career options. From the Winter Park / Maitland Observer:

Thanks to a grant from Orlando SOUP, Achieve a College Education Day, or ACE Day for short, allowed 500 fifth-graders from local Title-1 elementary schools to attend UCF for a day of fun, interactive workshops, a tour of a dorm, and one-on-one time with their team leaders. Orlando SOUP, a micro-granting dinner for creative projects in the Orlando community held at the East End Market, gave members of its community the chance to vote on four projects to fund, and they chose the ACE day project. SOUP granted the program with $700 in donations.

Other presenters included:

  • Buy Local Orlando: Food Edition – A guide that promotes local food, independent grocery stores, and farmers markets throughout Orange County.
  • Portable Urban Food Forest (PUFF) – A repurposed trailer bed will be turned into a green sanctuary with compost bin, rain barrel, and bird feeder.
  • Ride Around the Town: Fixit Orlando – Installation of a bicycle self-repair station to promote Orlando as a bike-friendly community.