Empty Bowls benefits BA Neighbors


Bre Littlebear

Students work on their bowls and spoons in art class.

This year’s annual Empty Bowls event is being held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the BAHS cafeteria. It is $10 to attend the event, and this entry fee includes a bowl or spoon, made by art students, dinner, and entertainment, and a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 

Art teacher Jennifer Deal is in charge of the event and encourages every student to go and support the community food bank.

“Empty Bowls has become a wonderful community event for people of all ages,” Deal said. “The $10 ticket gets you a simple meal of soup, salad, and bread. Additionally, everyone gets to pick out a bowl made by a Broken Arrow art student. It’s an empty bowl to remind people all of the empty bowls in the world.”

Mr. Gray’s classes are making spoons this year instead of bowls. Senior Hadley Giager made a sunflower bowl for this event last year, but is making a dolphin spoon this year.

“This event is really fun to be a part of, and I would recommend all students to go or participate,” Giager said. “It is important for our school to give back to the community and get the students here involved.”

Aside from art students being involved, dance students perform at the event to provide entertainment for the people who attend.

This is junior Alexis Kirkpatrick’s second year to perform at Empty Bowls.

“My favorite part of Empty Bowls is creating choreography to express my ideas,” Kirkpatrick said. “We are brainstorming and collaborating to make powerful and inspirational moments in our dances.”

There is also a silent auction for special bowls. Participants write down the amount they want to bid, and the highest bidder is announced at the end of the night.

Empty Bowls also allows for students to volunteer at the event.

“Students who are interested can volunteer in many ways,” Deal said. “They can serve food, sell tickets, help set up, and watch over the silent auction.”

All proceeds from this event go to Broken Arrow Neighbors. Last year the event raised over $3,000, but this year the goal is $5,000.