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Harriton joins in fight against hunger with "Empty Bowls" Fundraiser
Harriton joins in fight against hunger with "Empty Bowls" Fundraiser

The Harriton High School Art, Business, and Family Consumer Sciences Departments recently hosted their first-ever Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for the ongoing fight against hunger. The Empty Bowls Project is a global grassroots initiative started by the Imagine/RENDER Group with a three-fold mission: "to raise as much money as possible to feed the world's hungry people; to increase awareness of hunger and related issues; and to advocate for arts education."

The entire event was truly a collaborative effort as students from art, business, and family consumer science classes, along with the support of many volunteers, rallied together to make the night possible. During Harriton's recent Day of Service, art students and staff created more than 100 ceramic bowls, which would serve as the raffle items at the event; the meal, featuring an array of soups and desserts, was prepared by students in the Basic Foods classes; and the event was marketed by students in business classes, who created a promotional video, flyers, and distributed a variety of digital communications. Helping to support the event were students from the Soup Kitchen Club, Harriton Service League and National Honor Society.

Overall, the event was well-attended by Harriton staff, parents, and students, and all of the departments involved have expressed interest in hosting the event again next year in hopes of having even more widespread participation. Ultimately, Harriton's Empty Bowl event raised $880, which will be donated to the Narberth Community Food Bank.