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Empty Bowls...Full Hearts

Bearden Middle School Hosts Grassroots Effort to Impact Childhood Hunger in Our Community
Bearden Middle School’s (BMS) 386 8th Grade Students are partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to help hungry kids in their community. The Empty Bowls event on Monday, March 28, 2016 will raise money for backpacks of food that students take home each weekend to bridge the gap between Friday lunch and Monday breakfast. At the event, guests will receive a simple meal served in bowls designed and decorated by BMS 8th Graders. Guests will be invited to keep the bowls as a reminder of childhood hunger in our community and their contribution to making a difference.

The entire event is being planned and executed by 8th graders, from the painting of bowls to the serving of the meal, from the entertainment to ticket sales.

We are also challenging the media to get involved by sending celebrity bowl painters to paint bowls with our students.

BMS 8th Graders hope to sell 400 tickets, which will provide backpacks of food for 100 students every weekend next year. As student Janie Holocek said, “kids should be worried about hanging out with our friends, and homework, not where our next meal is coming from.”

To sponsor a child for an entire school year costs $60. Individual tickets for the event cost $15 and will purchase a meal of soup, bread, tea, and a cookie. The event will be held in the BMS Commons from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016. BMS is located at 1000 Francis Road.

To learn more about the Empty Bowls project, visit