Canajoharie ceramics students raise funds for
those in need
Canajoharie High School students enrolled in the
school’s ceramics class used their artistic talents again this year
to help local people in need.
For the last 11 years, Canajoharie student
artists have participated in the Empty Bowls Project. Through the
project, art students each year craft ceramic bowls and sell them to
raise funds for worthy causes and local families. This year the
proceeds from the project benefited the “Fill the Bus” challenge – a
districtwide effort to fill an entire school bus with food and other
donations for local charities. The bus full of donations was
delivered to local organizations just before Thanksgiving. It
included $200 worth of paper products purchased with Empty Bowls
proceeds, which were donated to the Comfort Zone in Canajoharie.
Canajoharie art teacher Mrs. Kathy VanLoan and
local potter Ms. MaryAnn Nellis, who volunteers each year, assisted
the students with the project, which combines elements of pottery
making, painting and drawing.
The idea for the Empty Bowls Project was
developed 26 years ago by a Detroit art teacher looking for a way to
fund a school food drive. Ceramics students in a Detroit school made
and decorated bowls, one for each staff member in the school, and
served a luncheon of bread and soup and shared facts about hunger.
Today, local artists and organizations develop independent Empty
Bowls projects across the country.