Empty Bowls 2014

Empty Bowls 2014The fourth annual Empty Bowls-fundraiser, held in January, raised $4,000 to support the “Panther Packs” program at Ferrum Elementary School. The program helps to ensure adequate nutrition for qualified children at the school by providing them with backpacks full of nonperishable snacks and meals to take home for after-school and weekends and is designed to educate students about how they can make a positive difference in their communities.

This year’s event included more than 300 pottery bowls hand built by Ferrum students under the guidance of Jeff Dalton, associate professor of art and art program coordinator, and co-creator Glen Stevens, assistant professor of biology and environmental science. Participants in the communitywide event have the opportunity to support the fight against child hunger by purchasing a handmade bowl and then filling it with hearty soups and artisan breads, warming not only their hearts but also their stomachs.

In addition, the day included a silent auction with original works of pottery, including larger bowls, platters, casseroles, and vases, which were generously donated by members of the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and other local artists.

See more from our 2014 Empty Bowls event on Flickr.

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