Filling Empty Bowls with learning, caring, compassion
Fifth graders in Mary Bates' class at Schoharie
Elementary School recently participated in a curriculum-based, community
service art project that while focused on creating empty bowls actually
resulted in creations filled with caring and compassion.
"During English language arts discussions and
readings," Bates explained, "the students learned about how individuals
and communities meet their needs. Then, as an extension of the
curriculum, they painted bowls to be sold at the Empty Bowls fundraiser
at SUNY Cobleskill in November.
in the fundraiser purchase a bowl and are able to fill it with soup
provided by local restaurants. All of the money raised is donated to
food pantries in Schoharie County. The event is made possible by the
Studio for Art and Craft."
Bates noted that while the usual cost to paint a
bowl is $6, there was no cost to Schoharie students thanks to a
collaborative effort and the generosity of Christ the Shepherd Lutheran
Church in Schoharie.
"The children were not only able to extend learning
beyond the classroom, they also were able to help members of their own
community," said Bates.
The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on
March 12 at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
[10/12/16; updated 10/24/16]