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Filling Empty Bowls in SV is a smashing success

Madelyn Thompson and Anna Sauve add their drawing talents to paper at the Filling Empty Bowls event March 5 in Spring Valley. Submitted photo 1 / 6
Wood burning- Lili Schutz takes part in a woodburning project at the March 5 Spring Valley Filling Empty Bowls event. Submitted photo2 / 6
Spring Valley High School students threw bowls on a potters’ wheel, then glazed them with second grade students. The results were amazing and very few bowls remained at the end of the Filling Empty Bowls event. Submitted photo 3 / 6
Sam Jacobs is the picture of concentration as he gets his face painted at the Spring Valley Filling Empty Bowls event March 5. Submitted photo4 / 6
Danny Cipriano entertained guests at the Spring Valley Filling Empty Bowls event March 5 with his piano music. Submitted photo5 / 6
Jake Kotten, Parker Cipriano and Tyler Traynor are all smiles at the Spring Valley Filling Empty Bowls event March 5. Submitted photo6 / 6

This year's Spring Valley Empty Bowls marked another great success! Event founder and leader Jim Herold retired last year. Becky Leland (former K-6 art teacher) moved into his position and new hire Jalissa Bankston came on board. It was awesome to see that despite the changes the event surpassed previous year totals.

During the course of the four years $20,000 has been donated to the local food shelf, as well as the Spring Valley schools' weekend meal backpack program. The event on March 5 brought in $3,000.

The $3,000 was comprised of bowl sales, meal donations, donations for face painting and a community wood burning project. In addition entertainment was provided by students in grades 6-12 with pottery wheel demonstrations, singing, playing instruments and a large group drawing.

Students grades 2-12 made the bowls, which are still available for purchase and will be year-round. Donations are welcome at any time and any bowls left not purchased will be recycled into next year's event.

Leland and Bankston were especially excited about the collaborative bowls made this year. Students at the high school threw bowls on a potters' wheel, then came down and glazed them with second grade students. The results were amazing and very few bowls remained at the end of the night!

If you're interested in donating you can drop off or mail a check (made out to: Filling Empty Bowls) to Spring Valley Middle/High School, S1450 County Road CC, Spring Valley, WI 54767.

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