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Providence School’s 11th Empty Bowls event raises money to feed the hungry

Handmade bowls filled tables in Providence School’s cafeteria Tuesday afternoon in preparation for their 11th annual Empty Bowls event.

Liz Spurlock, who was in charge of the event, said that students worked year round to make each bowl by hand in order to sell them and make money to feed the hungry.

“All proceeds go to different organizations to help feed the hungry in Jessamine County,” Spurlock said. “All bowls are handmade by the students. Some students spend 20 to 25 hours on the more intricate designs. The goal is to generate 300 bowls.”

The bowls are priced at $10 each, which includes the bowl, soup, half sandwich, cookie and glass of tea. This year, the students also made plates and large serving bowls to be sold along with the bowls. The students, Spurlock said, are responsible for the event from top to bottom. She said the purpose of the event being student generated is so that they emerge as leaders. By providing a service, she said it enables the students to  learn how to be givers not takers.

Spurlock said that their highest gross amount one year was $3,200, and hopes this year will be their biggest year yet.

“Our goal is to generate enough money to keep going,” said Spurlock. “We donate the rest to the community.”

Kirstan Garrett, a senior at Providence School, said she believes it is a good thing to come together and help the community.

“We all enjoy doing it. We look forward to it,” Garrett said.

Erin Snow agreed with her classmate saying that it is important to raise money to feed the hungry.

“We sold out last year,” Snow said. “It (all) depends on how many people show up.”