ADA — Ada High's leadership students are putting on a fund raiser for the local food bank, the Matthew 25 Mission.  This food bank feeds more than 250 families, or over 800 people, each month.  The come-and-go fundraiser is called “Empty Bowls”  and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the First United Methodist Fellowship Hall.

The students sell tickets for a simple meal of soup and crackers and donors are encouraged to view display boards created by leadership students highlighting poverty and hunger and several non-profit organizations combating these issues.

“I’m really excited for my kids.  They do so much for so many, and rarely get recognized for it.  I am lucky to have such a wonderful group of hard working students,” said Krystal Joplin, the leadership sponsor.

Bowls created by the leadership students will be sold for additional donations.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by contacting Joplin at Ada High, (580) 310-7220, or at the door.  Additional donations will be welcomed and accepted.  All donations will be given to the Matthew 25 Mission. 

The leadership class student council is coming off a great showing at the state student council meet. They won the service award for “Service for Children” and the “Grand Community Service Project” for their project titled, “Be Prepared.” This project highlighted areas such as stranger danger, fire safety, and self defense. They competed with hundreds of schools across Oklahoma for this award given in November.

Empty Bowls originated in 1990 with a high school art teacher in Michigan who helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive.  What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund raising meal.  Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide  support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger.  The Imagine/RENDER Group was created to promote the project.  Since then, Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

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