Empty Bowls, Full Hearts

emptybowlCONCORD - The students at the Concord School are learning some valuable life lessons as they prepare for their Empty Bowl Dinner that is set to take place on Thursday, February 15th.


The fundraiser is an initiative that was introduced by the school's art teacher, Kristen Huntington, and implemented by the middle schoolers in grades six through eight. The students have been involved in every aspect of the process, from hand-crafting the bowls, to making the soups, and even creating advertisements for the event. The end result of the project will be a soup-dinner, hosted entirely by the students.

It's been a well-rounded and hands-on experience, something that Huntington is very passionate about. "It's kind of been a lifelong dream of mine to do this kind of project-based learning experience for kids. It involves math in terms of cooking and converting fractions, language arts in terms of proof reading the press materials they're preparing, cooking, making the designs, and making pottery bowls. So it's really exciting."

The skills that the students are learning throughout the process will serve as valuable knowledge in the future. Huntington says the kids are enjoying themselves, and that she's excited to see their reactions when the event comes to life. "I can't wait until they get the chance to actually do the catering of the event. I just think it's gonna be a really great experience for them to see this through from start to finish."

Those who attend are asked to make a donation to the art program and Sid's Pantry. The food pantry, donated to the school by the late Sid Patridge, opened at the Concord School this past fall and helps to provide food to those in the Concord community. Huntington is hopeful that this will be the first of many Empty Bowl Dinners hosted by her students.