June 23, 2024

Aitken School Students 2nd Annual “Empty Bowls” to Support Doorways


Jacqueline “Jackie” Glum is the Art Teacher at Aitken School. In 2022, she created an “Empty Bowls” project that combined art instruction with an introduction to community involvement. She created a variation on the “Empty Bowls” theme, customized to appeal to elementary school students; but, as with all “Empty Bowl” events, the goal was to help fight hunger.

Jackie involved students from grades K-5 in forming the clay into bowls. The clay was kiln-dried twice and then the students painted the bowls – a veritable kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. The bowls were sold at the event as a fundraiser for the Doorways food pantry. The event itself had the air of a festival. Young musicians from the School of Rock provided live entertainment, and dozens of gallons of ice cream was donated by Outback Steak House. “Celebrity scoopers” doled out generous portions of ice cream – the scoopers represented the police department, the fire department, the library, the school system, the town government, and the food pantry. A wonderful time was had by all - and the event raised over $2,100.00 for the Doorways food pantry. “That money will buy a great deal of food” said Diane Fox, chief of purchasing for Doorways. “There will be a lot fewer empty bowls in town because of the work of those students – and their teacher.”

Empty Bowls supports food-related charitable organizations around the world, and has raised millions of dollars to help end hunger. This event was the first of its kind in Seekonk. Doorways is grateful to Ms. Glum, and the students, faculty, staff and families of Aitken School for their support.


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