Woodlands Secondary School students host soup fundraiser

NANAIMO – Woodlands students host a soup fundraiser Thursday (Dec. 5) and attendees will get to leave with their soup bowls.

Woodlands Secondary School student council will host a soup dinner fundraiser on Thursday (Dec. 5) and attendees will get to leave with the very bowl in which they eat their soup.

The Empty Bowl Project seeks to raise more than $1,500, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. The keepsake bowls are being crafted by a pottery class, according to Woodlands teacher and student council advisor Tanya Lebans.

“We have a pottery studio here at the school and the pottery teacher, Jean Kloppenburg, has been working with students and staff and community members and we are in the midst of finishing the firing and glazing on about 170 ceramic bowls,” Lebans said, adding that each bowl has a unique design.

She said a variety of soups will be available, including Thai, hamburger and chili, and will be donated by businesses, staff and parents. Buns and coffee will also be available. Students from the school band will provide entertainment. There will also be a silent auction.

Based on the non-profit Imagine Render Group’s project of the same name, the high school event seeks to raise awareness about hunger and contribute to ending it as well.

“At the end of the evening, people leave with an empty bowl and a full stomach, sort of symbolic fighting the hunger that does exist in our community,” said Lebans. “We’ve been really fortunate to get both the materials for the bowls supplied but also all the (food) supplied so that every penny that we raise through ticket sales and silent auction items can go to Loaves and Fishes.”

Tickets are $15; $10/students and can be purchased at Woodlands Secondary School or by calling 250-753-2271.

This is Woodlands secondary’s third Empty Bowl Project fundraiser and the event will take place at the cafeteria from 6 until 8 p.m.