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SERVing Bowls – Using our God-given talents to give back to the community ... again

Isaiah 64:8 - "But now, Oh Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay, and You our potter; and all of us are the work of Your hand."

Our school theme for last year was “United in Service … with Christ at the Center.” Because of that, I was talking about our theme with some students and how we could use it in one of our art classes. After a lengthy discussion, it became clear that students didn’t really understand how their artistic talents could be used to give back to the community. And because of that, our new service project was born!

I began planning logistics on how I could teach people how to use a pottery wheel, and then put on a fundraiser to raise money for the soup kitchen. Last year, from that, SERVing Bowls was born. This year, we are continuing that project.

While in college, I participated in a similar project, and used it as a model for ours.

Essentially, students and staff members spend a semester on the pottery wheel — they learn how to “center” clay, how to shape the inside of the bowl, and how to trim the bottom of the bowl. Once they learn how to do this, we fire and glaze them. Our goal is to have at least 300 ceramic pieces made before our fundraiser. So far we have 32 bowls made!

Learning how to make pottery is fun, but how do we make the connection to service?

Students and staff members will donate time and resources in the form of 10 ceramic bowls to the project. On April 26, we will be having a chili-bowl fundraiser night. All participants will bring in a crockpot of chili to serve. Patrons will pay $20 at the door, and receive a handmade ceramic bowl, as well as a homemade dinner of chili. Along with the bowls, there will be other ceramic pieces to purchase. We will have mugs with hot chocolate, and small planters with spider plants grown in the art room.

After the dinner, we will take all of the profits and pay for the clay and glaze used to make our bowls. What is left over will be donated to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, a local organization that works to feed the homeless. Last year we were able to raise over $3,900!

Through donations of time and talent, I hope to teach our student body how our talents can be used to help those who are less fortunate.

God Bless!

Trevor Campbell,
Art Teacher