Students Fill Bellies with Empty Bowls

Students at Sparta Area School’s Ridgeview Elementary helped needy families during the holiday season by raising over $1,350 by participating in the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Benefiting Kids Food Basket, the program gets students making bowles in art class to sell for a donation during parent-teacher conferences. 

Art Teacher Heidi Mitchell said her students made 600 bowls this year and that by the end of the fundraiser, all bowls are donated for.

“The kids create a bowl to represent an empty belly of a child. It teaches them to look outside themselves,” said Mitchell. 

Each dollarraised results in one sack meal. Through initiatives such as the empty bowl project, Kids’ Food Basket is able to feed over 6,000 families said Mitchell.

“Students love (the fundraiser) and are excited to help out and make a difference,” said Mitchell.  

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Adrian Hirsch has been with SNN since its launch, starting as an intern from Grand Valley State University where he received a degree in broadcasting and business. After the internship, Adrian was brought on as staff to continue reporting, editing and publishing stories for SNN and Kent ISD. Adrian has been active with community radio station WYCE for years, served as Non-Profit Coordinator for GRTV, and currently works as the Web Producer for SNN.

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