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.