South students help fight hunger through Empty Bowls program
South Elementary Empty Bowls 2012 proved to be a success as students, staff, and volunteers worked together in an effort to raise money for the Great Plains Food Bank. Fourth and fifth grade students under the instruction of art teacher Sarah Dotzenrod created unique clay bowls, which could be purchased with a donation by people eager to enjoy some delicious soup with proceeds going to the Food Bank.
The PTA and community members played a key role by donating soup, milk, candy, and funding for the clay and glazes used to make the bowls.
Over 200 people took part in the fundraising event on Feb. 2. Students desiring to get their own bowls at the event had the opportunity to pre-order them. Many South families and West Fargo community members came and enjoyed a steaming hot bowl of soup while they made a difference for families in the area raising over $3500 at the event.
Marcia Paulson, Director of Marketing and Development for the Great Plains Food Bank stated, "Because of your efforts, food for 14,000 meals will be provided to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger in our community. The impact will be great!"
Sarah Wisthoff, fourth grade instructor involved with the effort, marveled at the participation stating "it is overwhelming to realize how blessed we are to live in a place where people desire to make a difference in lives of others. Empty Bowls was a remarkable opportunity for our students, staff, and community to join together in changing lives. Go South Stars!"
"A special thanks to Kris Lindemann (head of project) and Sarah Dotzenrod (art teacher) for all of their hard work in organizing this event. Also, thank you to the South Elementary PTA, the Bush Family and Mexican Village, Food Services of America, Cass Clay, Todd Rheault, and Jan Sliper for all their contributions. It truly was a team effort."