TCPS Students Join the Empty Bowls Event
TCPS Fine Arts Classes Create Beautiful Ceramic Bowls for the Community Dinner on February 24th
Middle and High School students of Talbot County Public Schools have participated in the Talbot County Empty Bowls initiative for the past 5 years. In art classes students were given the opportunity to design, construct and glaze ceramic bowls which will be donated to the community dinner on February 24th. Not only do our students learn ceramics techniques but they also become educated on food insecurity in our own backyards. 100% of the ticket sales for the dinner go to local food pantries . Talbot County Empty Bowls has distributed over $163,000 to area food pantries since 2009.
Empty Bowls was the brainchild of North Carolina high school art teacher, John Hartom. In 1990, Hartom challenged his students to make enough ceramic bowls to host a meal for the school faculty. During the meal, Hartom and his wife, Lisa Blackburn, also an art educator, reminded the group that even though they were not hungry because they had just eaten, many in the community still had empty bowls. The guests were invited to keep their soup bowls as a reminder of those less fortunate. This event evolved into the non-profit organization, Empty Bowls, which now raises millions of dollars for hunger-related causes internationally. We are supported 100% by volunteer efforts.
Special thanks to our Fine Arts teachers at EHS, Matt Ghrist and Jonathan Crist, and SMMHS, Bridget Whited, for integrating the project in their classrooms.