Empty Bowls Helps Reduce Hunger in Broken Arrow

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This year’s Empty Bowls was held Tuesday, Nov. 14 in the cafeteria at Broken Arrow High School. The charity event is held to reduce hunger in Broken Arrow and was held by Broken Arrow Neighbors and BA Food For Kids.

“I believe that it was a very good event and we had a great crowd,” art teacher Mrs. Deal said. “Everyone was having a good time, enjoying the socialization and the entertainment. It was a very successful event.”

Empty Bowls was established in 1990 in Michigan and is now a national event. BAHS started hosting Empty Bowls in 2012 and now in its sixth year, the project has grown districtwide and includes the Freshman Academy, Arrowhead Elementary, Centennial Middle School and Leisure Park Elementary.

Art students have been creating, shaping and painting more than 600 bowls to represent the empty bowls around the world before the fundraiser. Tickets costed $10 and included soup, salad, bread and one of the handcrafted bowls.

“The best thing about the handcrafted bowls is that it doesn’t matter if you are 3 or 93 years old,” Mrs. Deal said. “You can always find a perfect bowl just for you.”

Musical notes streamed through the middle of the cafeteria provided by BAHS students. Different performances were performed during the evening including beginner and dances, theatre programs and creative writing students also performed their poetry.

“I performed my poem ‘Hunger’ at the event, and it went very smoothly,” junior Briauna Hayes said. “My favorite part of the evening was watching the dancers do their piece. It was very beautiful.”

Many BAHS students volunteered during the night with everything from ticket sales to food serving. One of the volunteers was senior Nicole Bruner.

“I am in NHS and I wanted to volunteer,” Bruner said. “Empty Bowls serves a good cause and it is important to give back to the less fortunate. I sold tickets and answered questions anyone had. I also helped clean up afterwards.”

“When people left Empty Bowls, they hopefully leave with a warm heart knowing that they have supported Broken Arrow Neighbors, supported our kids, and had a great time,” Mrs. Deal said.

Empty Bowls is far from over, and don’t worry if you missed the event and still want to support Broken Arrow Neighbors. Bowls will be displayed in VPA and you will be able to buy one for $10.

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