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

The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots movement to help end hunger in Paducah. Profits from the event benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen, where free hot meals are served five days a week to anyone in need. Last year, over 60,000 meals were served to Paducah’s hungry.

Fifth grader Russell Hancock said of the project, “It makes me feel proud to do something good for others who really need the help.”

Paducah Tilghman High School sophomores Kate Criner, Emma Massey, Walker McNeill, and Jackson Mundy spearheaded the event for the Clark students. The four students 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. This is the second year the four students have organized the project.

This year’s student organizers also engaged members of the Paducah Middle School Beta Club. Several Paducah Middle club members joined Clark and Tilghman students in the service project. For the first time, Paducah Public Schools’ partnership with the Empty Bowls Project included elementary, middle, and high school volunteers. 

“Growing up in the tight-knit family that is Paducah Public Schools, I’ve been shown early on the impact that giving back has on the community,” said Criner. “The simple act of glazing bowls back in the 5th grade has encompassed a greater meaning as I have become more active in this project. I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunities to volunteer for this cause, and I hope that my actions, as well as my fellow classmates’, will instill a ripple of change in Tilghman’s future population.”

The Empty Bowls Project culminates in a luncheon at the Julian Carroll Convention Center on Saturday, February 24, 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.

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