Free Soup for Students for Emily Griffith’s Birthday

News Date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Free Soup Served for Students at College on Feb. 9 in Honor of Emily Griffith’s Birthday

On February 9, a very special tradition will continue at Emily Griffith Technical College with free soup for hundreds of students. The celebration honors the rich history of the school and the birthday of legendary founder of Denver’s iconic Opportunity School, Miss Emily Griffith.

WHO: Students of Emily Griffith Technical College

WHAT: Free soup prepared by Culinary Arts students of EG Tech College

WHEN: February 9, 2017 Times listed below


  • Emily Griffith Campus 1860 Lincoln Street 5th floor Student Lounge 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • College of Trades and Industry Campus 1205 Osage Street 2nd floor Student Lounge 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Video Production Campus 200 E. 9th Avenue Student Lounge 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Emily Griffith was a Colorado visionary born on February 10 in the 1860s. This longstanding tradition of serving soup dates back to the 1920s. The custom began when a boy fainted in class at Opportunity School one evening. Emily felt he fainted because he was hungry; and if he was hungry, others were likely as well. For years, Emily's mother prepared soup at home and Emily and her sister, Florence, carried it to school in a pail. Two hundred bowls of soup were served each evening, and Emily and Florence washed all the dishes themselves. Nobody who came to study at the school left hungry.