Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Empty Bowls Dinner 2012

Our Empty Bowls Dinner was a HUGE success. All of the students and teachers work really paid off. We tripled the amount of money we raised at $4,400! The students made collaborative bowls as a homeroom and we sold those in a silent auction. The auction really helped us raise more money. We also had local ceramic artists donate work to be sold and it proved to be a popular part, as well. The hosts, hostesses, bus boys, and bus girls were, once again, the stars of the show. They would walk guests in to the food line, seat them at their tables, and take their drink orders. Parents were so impressed with the manners and poise these students showed. The program "Perfectly Polished" is to credit for their skills in conversation and manners. Kids can join Perfectly Polished when they are in 5th grade. They work after school to learn table manners, conversational skills, public speaking and they even learn to dance. The completed bowls turned out beautifully and were flying out the door with families as they left. I am always a little sad to see them go after working so hard with the students to get them made. We had performers from all around town. There were dance teams, chorus groups, pianists, soloists, and even dramatic performances from Oconee Youth Playhouse. I am so proud to be involved in this meaningful event and to be able to give the proceeds to "Food For Kids".
 Putting together center pieces

 Rolling napkins and putting on napkin rings
 All set up and ready to feed hundreds!
 Part of our silent auction with art from local ceramic artists



  1. Great blog! I came across it looking for some Kimmy Cantrell art project ideas.

  2. I teach in Kentucky, and I love your Empty Bowls Dinner idea. I love it because it uses all of the arts to help those in need. We have been trying to do things like canned food or winter coats as admission into concerts, but this is the COOLEST! Would you mind if we used your idea in Kentucky???