Raising funds for hunger

Photo by Joyce Ervin Milan Middle School art teacher, Ellen Gessert, is photographed helping student, Taylor Hawley, make a bowl for the Empty Bowl Dinner fundraiser to be held at the school on Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Milan Middle School art teacher, Ellen Gessert, is photographed helping student, Taylor Hawley, make a bowl for the Empty Bowl Dinner fundraiser to be held at the school on Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

By Joyce Ervin

Preparing for a soup bowl dinner fundraiser in December, Milan Middle School students are busy making bowls to sell under the guidance of their art teacher, Ellen Gessert.
The Empty Bowls event is a community-based service project.  With a purchase of one of the handmade bowls that will be on display, guests are treated to a meal of soup and bread for $10.  A donation ticket, for meal only, will be $5.
Guests are asked to keep their ceramic bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls found around the world.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go to a charity working to end hunger in our community.
Gessert said the students have been working hard and are planning for a successful event.  A visit to the classroom showed mounds of slippery gray clay being formed into shapes by the students’ hands.
Many of the students chose animal themes.  Taylor Hawley was assisted by Gessert to help shape a horse on her bowl.  Another student, Hannah Berberoglu, struggled with a piece of clay she was trying to shape to look like a wolf’s tail.  Still other’s attempted to highlight other cultures with impressions cut into the clay.
Gessert said after the bowls were shaped they are glazed with color and fired. 
This is a prevalent cause, Gessert said, and with December being a time of thankfulness and giving, “it is a perfect time to celebrate the students’ talent and help the hungry.”
The event will be held on December 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school located 920 North Street.

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