The 2014 Empty Bowls event raised $2,105.31 for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen! Stage IV students presented the check to Patrick Crouch on Thursday, December 18. Thank you to the Roeper Community for such wonderful support!
Original Post: November 18, 2014:
The Roeper School is proud to be hosting its eleventh biennial Empty Bowls event in the Community Center at the Bloomfield Hills campus on Thursday, December 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. With an expected turn out of over 300 students, teachers, and parents, the school hopes to add to the continuing success of the international Empty Bowls program. This year’s event will continue a tradition started four years ago when we hosted the first Roeper Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social, made possible this year by the generosity of Treat Dreams of Ferndale. Proceeds will be used to benefit The Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. The bowls are all made by Roeper’s fourth and fifth grade students and staff members in keeping with this year’s theme- “give your bowl a message.” The event is the culmination of a unit of study which focused on the issue of food justice in today’s world.
The Empty Bowls program was started in 1990 at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills. The teachers and students there were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive and what evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were invited to keep a bowl as a reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty. By the following year this concept became Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world and millions of dollars have been raised to raise awareness about hunger and directly feed those in need. The Roeper School is proud to be part of this endeavor. For more information on Empty Bowls, visit their website at www.emptybowls.net.