Students create artistic bowls for a good cause

Springfield's annual Empty Bowl Dinner-a vital benefit for the Springfield Family Food Shelf and the Miller Art Center-has been receiving a lot of local attention since its founding three years ago.

The big event comes from the heart of students enrolled in the Springfield High School Arts Academy and the River Valley Technical Center Culinary and Hospitality programs. The entire community gets involved and this year's happening, the third annual dinner, was no exception.

This week's dinner was held in the Springfield High School Cafeteria and for a $20 donation, attendees received an artistic handmade ceramic bowl for a meal of soup, pasta, bread, along with a beverage. A silent auction followed the dinner and included a seconds-table sale.

Joining fellow students, members of the class of 2013 stepped up to serve guests a variety of tasty desserts that were included with the meal.

On display for all bowl dinner guests to view were student art exhibits showcasing photography, prints and other works of art. To top off the meal, at SHS Kevin Sheehan Auditorium, the Springfield High School Chorus, Madigals, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble performed. SHS foreign-language students also performed providing traditional dances.

Students participating in the event were grateful to a strong turnout but they were especially grateful to the Okemo Mountain Community Challenge Grant which funded potter Susan Leader along with clay supplies used for the bowls.

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