Empty bowls get filled at Mayfield
By Andrew Livingstone, Enterprise Staff
Students at Mayfield Secondary School spent Wednesday, May 2 filling soup bowls for about 200 people during the school’s Empty Bowl fundraiser for Feed the Children and the Caledon Food Bank. The school’s World Action Awareness Club, which focuses on global issues, formed out of interest in helping people who suffered during the genocide in Sudan four years ago.
The club partnered with the visual arts department and the family studies department to pull together the fundraising effort. Marie Burnett, head of the visual arts department, said the school kilns have been fired up since September until a day before the event, cooking ceramic bowls – 200 or so, in fact, in preparation for the May 2 fundraiser.
“The idea for this came from an art gallery that had done this and I thought it would be a good way to involve a number of the departments in the school,” she said, watching as students prepared tables for the guests trickling into the school cafeteria. Paul Van Zant, world issues teacher and mentor to the awareness club, said 50 students or more from various departments were on hand to lend their time to help make the event come together.
“The kids have worked hard to prepare the night, I’m not going to take any credit for it,” he said. “It’s all the students’ energy here tonight.” Van Zant said the students in the club are passionate about world issues, but also interested in contributing locally. “We also wanted to recognize the problem of hunger in our own community,” he said of raising awareness of world issues through the local perspective. Burnett said Mayfield students are deeply dedicated to being involved, not only in their school community, but also out in the greater community.
“They think well beyond themselves and are very committed to the community,” she said. “It says a lot about their dedication to the community and wanting to run an event that benefits people who really need it.”