Upper School students at Maharishi School worked for an entire quarter to host an Empty Bowls event with the aim of raising funds to alleviate local and global hunger. "Empty Bowls started in 1990 as a project in a high school ceramics class in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has now spread throughout the United States and to numerous other countries." At each event, hosts make ceramic bowls or collect them from local potters, then sell tickets for a meal consisting of soup and sides. All funds collected are then donated to charities committed to feeding the hungry, and attendees get to keep the bowl their food was served in.
This effort, part of Maharishi School's project based learning curriculum, encompassed a broad range of experiences and lessons. Students made and glazed all the bowls in pottery class, did surveys and taste tests to decide which soups to offer, tested and perfected recipes, did writing and publicity, sold tickets, then set up, cooked, served, and cleaned up after the event.
A total of $2,275 was raised, and each attendee chose where their $25 donation would go. Ultimately $850 went to the global charity Action Against Hunger and the remaining $1,425 was donated to the Fairfield food bank, The Lord's Cupboard.
Good job, all - we're already looking forward to next year!