The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots effort to bring awareness to hunger and food insecurity. Students and art teachers from across Centennial School District crafted one of a kind bowls to raise money in support of the food pantry housed in McDonald Elementary School.
Our artists eagerly created these bowls during their recess time, and some volunteered to stay after school. Students imprinted various textures, leaves, rocks, and other items onto clay and then placed the slab of clay over balloons and bowls to give them shape. Younger students helped add the color to some of the bowls using finger and thumb prints dipped in glaze. The results of these bowls resulted in bright colorful “confetti” patterns on the outside of the bowls. The bowls were fired, glazed and fired once more.
The goal of this project was to ensure we were bringing awareness to hunger and to understand the difference we can make in our community to eradicate hunger. For each monetary donation received, our gracious donors selected a beautifully handcrafted bowl as a reminder of the food insecurity that exists in our community.
This was an awesome collaborative effort. The students also learned valuable lessons in community service. They learned many hands make light work and it is important to give back and to always spread kindness and love to those in need.