On Saturday, Feb. 22, Flint Hill School hosted the 4th annual "Empty Bowls," an event held to raise money to fight hunger by selling ceramic bowls made by members of the Flint Hill School community—students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Approximately 900 bowls were produced and sold for $15 each, bringing the total to nearly $10,000—the highest so far for this event—all to benefit DC Central Kitchen.
Upper School students with the Clay Club took charge of planning this year’s event, along with ceramics teacher Julia Cardone. "The students’ leadership was instrumental to making this event successful and ultimately making a real difference in the lives of others. In preparation for the event, they spent many weekends and after school hours in the ceramics studio."
From the beginning of the school year, Clay Club members hosted several bowl-making workshops on both of Flint Hill’s campuses, collaborating with faculty and staff, the Parents Association, a Middle School art club, and Upper School clubs—Classics Club and Literary Magazine. The students also spent a day at DC Central Kitchen to give a bowl-making workshop on their premises, as well as to volunteer in the kitchen. The collaboration with DC Central Kitchen was more than a monetary donation. Senior Madison Oliver, a key coordinator of "Empty Bowls," summarizes the event’s purpose: "This project is about more than just making bowls: we are giving back to an organization that deserves the community's help."
The day of the event was a celebration of community and giving, with DC Central Kitchen providing soup for lunch, a silent auction offering additional opportunity to raise funds, a student musician playing the guitar, and guest artist David MacDonald traveling from upstate New York to give on-site pottery demonstrations.
"Empty Bowls" is one of numerous community service projects at Flint Hill School. Read more at: www.flinthill.org/school-wide/community-service/