Empty Bowl Project

The San Marcos High School (SMHS) ceramics program recently hosted its 9th Annual Empty Bowl Project to benefit the North County Food Bank. Every year, ceramics students led by ceramics teacher Brady Stout make a number of bowls for sale, and local restaurants and parents donate soup and salad to fill the bowls at the event. The students sell the bowls and lunches to fellow students and staff members for $10 each, and all money raised goes towards North County Community Services’ food bank.

The event was a true demonstration of school-wide collaboration. Staff members Ashley Gagnon, Jim Beason, Jorge Valdivieso, Scott Campbell, Stacie Boyle, and Zane Cory contributed food for the event. Chris Geldert and the SMHS wood shop provided cutting boards to auction off, and art teacher Cherie Freddie’s students displayed artwork. Rob Gaebe and his students decorated with floral arrangements. Matt Armstrong and Geoff Radant led the Jazz Ensemble for the event’s entertainment.

Every dollar raised is enough to provide four meals. This year’s fundraising total of $5,400 – beating last year’s total of $4,300 by a significant margin – is enough to provide 21,600 meals for people in need. “It is for this reason I love this event so much,” shared Jennifer Maxin, a student at SMHS, who planned and coordinated the event along with parent volunteer Josie Smith. “The fact that I can make a difference in this small way to benefit others is the most rewarding and memorable event of my high school career.” Learn more about how you can give back at www.sdnccs.org.