Pottery students at Woodlands Secondary School are pooling their talents and inviting the community to help care for the less-advantaged in the area.
Jean Kloppenburg, a fine arts teacher at the school, wants those who are interested in the arts, whether they be skilled or not, to participate in the Empty Bowl project that will raise money for the local Loaves and Fishes food bank.
Groups, organizations and individuals can register to participate in the creation of ceramic bowls in Woodland's pottery workshop in sessions that will take place on Nov. 2, starting at 11 a.m., in preparation for a fundraiser that will be held at the
school on Dec. 5. Kloppenburg said she hopes up to $3,000 will be raised for Loaves and Fishes through the creation of approximately 150 ceramic bowls for the "Soup Mill" on Dec. 5, which will see the auctioning of the bowls filled with home-made soups and a silent auction that will also be held at the event.
"We're hoping that many of the groups and individuals that paid the $15 registration fee for sessions to learn how to make the bowls will want to come back and buy the bowls they created," she said.
"It's a way for the school to help the community through the arts."
The premise of Empty Bowls is simple and has been repeated thousands of times by groups across the globe since the 1990s.
A few people get together to create bowls and then invite people to share a simple meal and to donate a small sum, which provides food to those in need.
In return, guests take home their empty bowl as a reminder of the continuing hunger within their own community.
Darby Cronan, co-president of Woodlands' student council and a student in Kloppenburg's pottery class, said the school's students are more than happy to help out in a good cause. For information or to register for a pottery class to create the bowls, call the school at 250-753-2271.
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