Empty Bowls event

Saint Anne Elementary School students made bowls to sell at their Empty Bowls fundraising event, which will collect money for Ministry on the Margins. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the school.

An art project at Saint Anne Elementary School in Bismarck aims to show students how people in their own community may be impacted by hunger.

"It’s not just someone across the world, but in our own community; there are people that need a meal, that need to be taken care of," said art teacher Amanda Anderson.

On Thursday, Saint Anne is hosting its first Empty Bowls fundraising event, serving  soup and selling handmade ceramic bowls. Empty Bowls is an international project.

Anderson said she thought of the idea after bringing in an artist, her mother, Brenda Molinaro, who taught pottery to all students at the school — from preschoolers to fifth-graders.

She said the school decided to connect the project to a local charity and host a fundraiser, which also happens to fall during Lent.

Anderson said they selected the prison re-entry organization, Ministry on the Margins, for the work they do with "people who fall through the cracks." She said the school also took the opportunity to discuss incarceration with students.

For one week, students each made two bowls, one which they could keep and another one available for purchase. The younger students used a bowl form, while the older grades used a pottery wheel.

Soup will be available at the event with a freewill offering.

The Empty Bowls event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Saint Anne Church. RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/2VFS8V3 or call the school at 701-223-1549.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)