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Kids make bowls and feed those in need
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Posted: 2012 Nov 16 - 06:17



By Andreas Butler

For Hometown News



Local school children are making bowls to help feed those in need.

The fifth Annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction will be Dec. 7 at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach.

"The event keeps growing each year," said Marcia Bobbitt, a Mainland art teacher. "The first year we made 300 bowls with kids at Mainland and some at DeLand. Now we have 11 schools making a total of 1,000 bowls. The first year we raised $560 and last year $13,000."

Local sponsors donated $2,000 for the schools to buy clay and glaze.

The auction runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $15 for the meal and one of the bowls the children made. The dinner will consist of soup, salad, bread and a dessert donated by local restaurants. Mainland's Culinary Arts Academy will prepare the meals.

Besides Mainland, Volusia County schools participating in the event are DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach and Spruce Creek high schools; Campbell, Ormond Beach, Creekside and Silver Sands middle schools; and Pathways and Osteen elementary schools.

Pathways in Ormond Beach teamed up with Mainland to produce bowls with 100 fourth graders in five classes working on the project.

"I am friends with Marcia Bobbit," said Cynthia Cossio, a Pathways teacher. "When I was put in fourth grade, I wanted to see if my kids could help. She brought over the high school kids who helped teach our kids. We took a day where every class in fourth grade made bowls. We invited families out once a week to help making it a community thing,"

The Bowls event isn't entirely new, but has returned to the area locally.

"It was actually started by an art teacher in Michigan years ago. I went to an event at Spruce Creek High over 20 years ago and I remembered it. When I started teaching at Mainland, I decided to do it here. They do it all over really. I know some schools in Orlando that do it," Ms. Bobbit said.

The schools are working with Halifax Urban Ministries, which has services that feed the hungry, homeless and low-income families in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Teaching the kids to give back to the community is another purpose of the event.

"The kids in our art club at Mainland help organized the entire thing," Ms. Bobbitt said. "They set up the auction, made the bowls, glazed them and everything. They went to the elementary schools and taught the youngsters how to do it, too. They also do it year around because it's so much to do. They also set up and volunteer many hours."

Ms. Cossio said, "We want our kids to realize that it is important to help the community. They are old enough where they can. These bowls can feed a lot of kids and families. It's been a team effort."

The children involved get a sense of purpose for participating in the event.

"I learned how to do glazing and how important it is to help the less fortunate. It was fun. I like art, being creative and making things," said 10-year-old Thalia Castorena, a fourth grader at Pathways.

Amanda Hernandez, a senior at Mainland and a member of the art club, said, "I went to Pathways Elementary and it's good to come back here. Making the bowls is worth it because you get to help people. It makes me feel good to help people."

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