Art programs holds fundraisers to end world hunger


photo by: Mr. King

Millions of people go hungry everyday. The Empty Bowls project helps raise funds and awareness to end world hunger.  The junior high has held an event every year for the past six years.  Students in the 3D art elective make bowls that are then used during the dinner.

“Students learn how to make pottery that will promote the arts program within the school,” ninth grade art teacher John King said.

The school originally became involved by offering to make the bowls.  Local businesses donate soups; everything else is donated by the community.

“Without the community, none of this would be possible,” eighth and ninth grade art teacher Jessica Miller  said.  “About eight local restaurants donate soup.”

Anyone can become involved within the event.  Students can volunteer to serve soup, set up and collect tickets.  If someone is interested, see one of the art teachers.  Not only can volunteers attend the dinner, but tickets are on sale to enjoy the soup.  

“Normally there is around 100 people that come, but we hope for the attendance to increase this year,” Miller said.

The main idea of the Empty Bowls Project is to end hunger.  Anyone can help this organization, as long as the money raised is then donated to hunger.  Student tickets cost $5 and adult tickets are $10.  The money then goes to the Mountain Lion Backpack Program.  Ticket should be on sale starting closer to March.

“The idea is to remind people that not everyone has food to eat,” King said.

The Empty Bowls dinner is will take place in middle of March.

Bowls such as these are displayed at the annual Empty Bowl dinner as a symbol of hunger. Students in the 3D art classes create these bowls throughout the semester.  Photo by John King