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Ms. Susie from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Empty Bowls: Feeding Families, Creativity, and Activism

My students need air dry clay to create handmade bowls for a hunger awareness fundraiser called Empty Bowls.

  • $324 goal

This project expired on December 5, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Help us help others! We want to do a school-wide Empty Bowls project, a grass-roots movement to fight hunger through the arts. Your donation enables 630 students to experience clay and the importance of giving by making and selling empty bowls to raise money for a hunger-fighting organization.

Our school is a neighborhood elementary school in Chicago that battles to educate and inspire despite the increasing inner-city challenges of poverty, street violence, drugs and gangs.

The parents and teachers work tirelessly to support excellence in our children's education despite devastating budget cuts. One resource that is being cut in schools is Art and Character Education. The Empty Bowls project supports BOTH by allowing students to be active citizens who help solve their community's problems while also having fun using clay! Last year I was able to do this project with 60 students, and the results were inspiring. Even the most disengaged "trouble-students" became serious and focused on their one-of-a-kind coil bowl or pinch pot creations. They were excited to discuss real-life problems, and be part of a solution. Though I expected resistance to giving up their bowls, kids gladly donated their art and became advocates against hunger,

My Project

This year I would like EVERY students to be part of this empowering creative experience. That means we need enough Air-Dry Clay for grades 3-8, and Model Magic for grades K-2. With budget cuts, we currently have no funds for new art supplies, which translates to no clay unit or Empty Bowls Project. Like all budget-strapped schools, I will find a way to teach clay even if it means making homemade play-dough. Of course play-dough can not dry to make bowls for an Empty Bowls fundraiser. More importantly, don't ALL students deserve to learn and experience using the right materials?

If you think back on your own education, what learning experiences do you remember?

More than likely, it was a hands-on experience in which you made something for more than just a grade. With the clay you donate, 630 kids ages 5 to 15 will be able to have this kind of memorable learning experience. They will make something ever-lasting... a hand-designed clay bowl as well as a sense of activism and pride in knowing that they are part of something greater than themselves.

Ms. Susie
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CRAYOLA MODEL MAGIC/WHT 1OZ 75CLASSPK • Blick Art Materials $34.90 3 $104.70
AMACO MARBLEX GRAY/25LB • Blick Art Materials $23.04 6 $138.24

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