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Raising hunger awareness with 'Empty Bowls'

Sylvia Brodd was among the youngest to attend the Empty Bowls Community Event. Her mother made her a sandwich to go with her soup. Staff photo by Judy Spooner.1 / 5
At left, Susan Peichel, adult education director, (left) and Jim Stucco, principal of the Diploma Center, were among prominent people who volunteered to serve soup at the event.2 / 5
here was a wide selection of bowls to pick from for those who attended the event to symbolize world hunger. There was also imported goods for sale that were made in Africa. Local high school students, community education classes and interested contributors, made bowls. Empty Bowls symbolize the need for awareness of world hunger.3 / 5
Molly Seim (left) extends a slab of clay so Joel (center) and Savannah Kungu can touch it. Their brother, Jeremiah, is in the background.4 / 5
Among the prominent citizens who participated as waiters for the event included East Ridge High School Principal Aaron Harper.5 / 5

It was a gathering like many in the community when people gather to share a meal. In most cases, there is an abundance of food.

During the "Empty Bowls Community Event," however, donors got a modest bowl of soup, a small piece of bread and water.

There were no complaints because everyone knew the purpose of the event, hosted by School District 833 Community Education, was to raise money and awareness that many people in the community and the world go hungry every day.

Servers including prominent members of the community and teachers, administrators and school board members.

Patrons were also invited to attend inspirational speeches, from organizations that will benefit from the event such as Cindy Babcock, Feed My Starving Children; Laura Scheidecker, Second Harvest Heartland; Michelle Rageth, Friends in Need Food Shelf; Lydia Kayongo, New Hope for Africa Orphanage; Dick Wolff, Christian Cupboard Food Shelf, and Shartsi and Paul Musherure.

There were pottery demonstrations, and performances by the African Drum Band and Park High School hip hop dancers and the Wolf Riders Step Team.

Patrons also selected handmade bowls, as symbols of purpose of the event, from a large selection made at Woodbury, Park and East Ridge high schools, community education classes and interested contributors.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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