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Art and Builders clubs team up for Empty Bowls fundraiser

photo of a student glazing a ceramic bowl
Jarvis Middle School’s Art Club and Builders Club are teaming up for an Empty Bowls fundraiser to help combat local hunger.

Over the last several weeks, students met after school in art teacher and art club advisor Christina Korba’s classroom to make and glaze ceramic bowls. Club members will offer their bowls for sale to staff and students on Thursday, Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb. 13. The cost is five dollars for small bowls and 10 dollars for large bowls. Proceeds will go to the Ilion-Mohawk Food Pantry.

Ms. Korba said the students used two techniques to make the bowls. One technique requires students to roll individual balls of clay, then press them into a bowl-shaped mold. Using the second method, students form together slabs of clay to create the bowl. In both cases, the pot is fired in a kiln, then glazed with a decorative, food-safe glaze.

Builders Club advisor Dawn Thomas said this joint project combined Ms. Korba’s past experience with Empty Bowls with the Builders Club’s mission to serve the community. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

Although this year’s fundraiser is limited to selling the bowls, both Ms. Korba and Ms. Thomas hope to expand the event in the future to include a soup and bread meal prepared by the school’s Culinary Club.

Jarvis’ after school clubs provide students with opportunities to explore activities in greater depth than is possible during the regular school day.

Art Club meets weekly and offers students the chance to try out different art projects. For one project, the club made poppies that the school presented to veterans at its Veterans Day assembly.

Builders Club is the middle school arm of the Kiwanis, the national service club. Members meet weekly to plan community service activities such as ringing the Salvation Army bell for the annual kettle drive and holding a popcorn sale to support Kiwanis projects.
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