Empty bowls will fill pantries

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Schoharie Elementary students recently took paintbrushes in hand and joined with several groups in Schoharie County to help local food pantries.

“In early December, our fifth grade classes painted bowls to be sold at  next spring’s Empty Bowls fundraiser for food pantries in Schoharie County,” said fifth grade teacher Mary Bates. 

“The church sponsors the students by paying for the bowls. Jacqui Hauser, founder of the event and owner of the Studio for Art and Craft, provides the materials, and I pick up and deliver the supplies. Art teacher Jean Scofield, then works with the students to paint the bowls in class. It is a true community effort.”

This is the third year Bates teamed up with Pastor Colleen Quirion of Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Schoharie to bring the project to the school.

“The Empty Bowls project is a great way for our students to understand that their time and talent can make a difference in our community and the world,” Bates said. “They truly enjoy the project, but even more so, they love the idea of their creativity turning into something that their community needs.”

Sponsored by the Fusion Community Church, the Empty Bowls event will be held Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. The public is invited to purchase a bowl, which may be filled with delicious homemade soups served by local restaurants. Soups may also be purchased to take out.

The event also features live entertainment, items for sale and of course, beautiful handmade bowls. 

“Without the support and talents of people like our fifth graders, the event would not be possible,” Bates said. “Great job to all who participated!”

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