As families poured in to Arvada High School for the annual Empty Bowls event, which sees area elementary, middle and high school students make and sell ceramic bowls for charity, 10-year-old Solomon …
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As families poured in to Arvada High School for the annual Empty Bowls event, which sees area elementary, middle and high school students make and sell ceramic bowls for charity, 10-year-old Solomon Schoaf showed up with a $5 bill in hand, ready to buy the watermelon-colored bowl he himself had created at school.
Upon his arrival, however, he found something even better waiting for him: news that the bowl had been purchased by someone else.
“Someone told me that nine people tried to buy it,” said Schoaf, a fifth-grader at Hackberry Hill Elementary School. “It felt really good to hear that.”
This year saw quite a few schools participate in Empty Bowls including Arvada High, North Arvada Middle, Secrest Elementary, Swanson Elementary, Arvada K8 and others. Students, parents and community members joined together the evening of Dec. 6 to purchase the bowls, with a chance to use them immediately during the school’s soup dinner and holiday dessert in the cafeteria that night.
Student-made bowls were sold for five dollars each, with proceeds going to the Community Table. The nonprofit provides food to those in need throughout northern Jefferson County as well as a variety of programs to promote self-sufficiency, including a free health clinic and showering station.
As was the case with many students at the event, Foster Elementary fourth-grader Olin Jacobson and his brother, kindergartener Vic Jacobson, spent the beginning of the night locating and purchasing the bowls they had made in school.
“We really wanted to get our bowls after we made them,” Olin said.
The prospect of buying the handmade bowls and making a difference in the community brought hundreds to Empty Bowls, many of them for the first time, including Hackberry Hill mother Jordyn Rasmussen and her family.
“It’s great to be able to take something home at the end of this,” she said, “and I think it’s a really great way to help those in need.”
Hackberry Hill art teacher Cindy Applehans also highlighted the way the event benefits the Arvada community — not only by funding the Community Table, but by instilling a giving spirit in the students, she said.
“They’re learning about doing something for the greater good,” she said. “I’m super proud of these kids.”
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