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Emily's Birthday

On Emily Griffith's birthday we celebrate her spirit of giving by offering free soup.
Date and time:
Monday, February 11, 2019

1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203, Lobby

Emily Griffith founded the Opportunity School, which eventually became Emily Griffith Technical College, in 1916 as a school for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and gain new skills. The school was open 13 hours a day, five days a week. Subjects included telegraphy, industrial millinery, typing, academic subjects, and English.

After a student fainted during class one evening, Emily and her sister, Florence, began bringing in soup for students. Emily believed that he fainted because he was hungry, and if one student was hungry, there were probably others who were as well.

"A bowl of soup is served in the basement from 5:30-7:30. Free. This saves you time," was written on a blackboard inside the entrance of the school. 

For two years the soup was prepared at home by Emily's mother and she and her sister carried it to school in a water pail. Later on, a wealthy woman arranged for meat to be delivered daily to the school, and Florence arrived at 2:00 in the afternoon to prepare the evening's soup. 200 bowls of soup were served each evening. Emily and Florence washed all the dishes themselves.

In honor of Emily's efforts to take care of all of the needs of her students, on her birthday the Emily Griffith Foundation is offering free soup in the lobby of the Emily Griffith Campus at 1860 Lincoln St, Denver, CO, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for all! 

Emily Griffith serving soup

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