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Clark, Paducah Middle, and Tilghman Service Clubs Collaborate On Empty Bowls Project of Paducah

Junior Beta Club members from Clark Elementary School took part in the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah on February 6, glazing 35 bowls that will be given to the community-wide fundraising event. Clark Elementary’s seven year partnership with the Empty Bowls Project is the longest of any school in the region, with students glazing over 400 bowls to date. 

Junior Beta Club sponsor Sharon Carvell explained, “Empty Bowls is the most rewarding project we have participated in. The students love glazing the bowls and realize the importance of this project as it benefits Paducah's Community Kitchen.”     

The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots movement to help end hunger in Paducah. Paducah joins over 400 communities around the country in a joint effort to address hunger through the Empty Bowls Project. Profits from the local event benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen, where free hot meals are served five days a week to anyone in need. Last year, over 70,000 meals were served to Paducah’s hungry.

Fifth grader Junior Beta Club President Kara Brien said of the project, “My classmates and I are very excited to be involved with the Empty Bowls project. We hope to make a difference in our community.”

Beta Club members Kate Criner, Emma Massey, Walker McNeill, and Jackson Mundy, all juniors, spearheaded the event for the Clark and Paducah Middle students. All are former Clark Elementary School and Paducah Middle School students.

The four coordinators collaborated with project creator Michael Terra in January, preparing the bowls with base coats and gathering all necessary equipment, glazes, and tools needed to complete the project with Junior Beta Club members.

For the second year, the student organizers engaged members of the Paducah Middle School Beta Club with several members joining the outreach project. Paducah Public Schools is proud of their partnership with the Empty Bowls Project that includes elementary, middle, and high school volunteers.

“My classmates and I leading the students with this project takes me back to when we were in Clark Beta Club the first year we partnered with Empty Bowls,” said Massey.  “I am thankful for a school system that enables these opportunities to encourage volunteerism and community service at a young age. The kids enjoy glazing the bowls, but I think they are most proud of their contribution to helping feed those in our community who are in need.”


The Empty Bowls Project culminates in a luncheon at the Julian Carroll Convention Center on Saturday, February 23, 11:30 until 2. Each luncheon attendee will take home a handmade, one-of-a-kind bowl crafted, glazed, and contributed by members of the community.

Posted Wednesday, February 6, 2019