Bowls bring in donations to feed the hungry

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The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, and for the past seven years, the students and staff of Standley Lake High School have done their part to help feed people in need in their community.

The project was created by The Imagine Render Group and according to the project website, www.emptybowls.net, the basic premise is simple: potters, craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. For SLHS’s participation, students made clay bowls and then sold them during an open house on Nov. 7 for a suggested donation of $5 each. All of the event proceeds were then donated to the Arvada Community Food Bank.

“Standley Lake High School and surrounding elementary and middle schools wanted to bring awareness to the issues of hunger affecting our community,” said SLHS art teacher and event organizer Carolyn Valter. “Over 30,000 children die in our world each day of malnourishment diseases. This is one way we can come together and help those who are hungry.”

Valter said as teachers, the Empty Bowls Project is a great opportunity to teach students about art, compassion, sharing and collaboration. She said the students involved are always very excited to help others. Some involved are actually the ones who need the food bank assistance, she added.

“One of the best parts about being involved in the Empty Bowls Project is the chance to bring everyone together: parents, teachers and students,” she said. “The best part is the collective power that one bowl can make a huge difference for a hungry child in our community. And it’s a great opportunity for students to service their community and to learn the importance of giving.” 

About 80 hand-crafted bowls were made by high school students and another 170 were created by elementary and middle school students. Although the event is over, teachers and staff will continue to buy bowls for about a week. Walters said in years past, $1,200 to $1,400 was collected annually and donated to the Arvada Food Bank.

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