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Fighting hunger a bowl at a time

Miles Mac art students participate in Winnipeg Harvest fundraiser

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Miles Macdonell Collegiate art students Amber Egtberts, Sarah Szczepaniak, and Julya Zan are shown during the school’s Empty Bowls fundraiser on Jan. 23.

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Miles Macdonell Collegiate art students Amber Egtberts, Sarah Szczepaniak, and Julya Zan are shown during the school’s Empty Bowls fundraiser on Jan. 23. Photo Store

Miles Macdonell Collegiate students recently made a major effort to bowl over hunger.

On Jan. 23, the school held an Empty Bowls fundraiser in support of Winnipeg Harvest. Art teacher Lida Zurawsky began planning fairly early on.

As part of their clay unit in class, beginning in November, students created 200 bowls, which were sold for $10 — complete with a fill of one of over a dozen soups made by Miles Mac teachers, and even Zurawsky’s family. Students also had the opportunity to "buy back" their bowls in support of the charity.

"They’re various shapes and sizes – some round, some not so round," Zurawsky said. "They shaped their bowls, they got to choose what kind of decoration they wanted on the inside."
Each art student made one bowl for the fundraiser, and students were also given the option of creating five more instead of a sketchbook assignment.

Grade 12 student Julya Zan made two bowls for the fundraiser in order to help out as much as she could.

"I’ve never heard of this event before — I was planning to make five bowls, but I ran out of time," Zan said. "Making two bowls can raise more money than just making one, even though it’s only $10, it’s something."

With live music and camaraderie in the art room for the lunch, classmate Amber Egtberts was encouraged by the atmosphere.

"With the music and everyone talking, everyone’s having fun," she said.

Several local businesses helped pitch in to make the fundraiser a success. The Giant Tiger location at 507 London St. donated 20 pounds of ground beef, 10 bags of chicken breasts, 10 bags of carrots, 25 bags of fresh buns and a $100 gift certificate, while the 225 Vermillion Rd. location donated a $50 gift certificate. The Sobeys at 965 Henderson Hwy. donated a $25 gift card, Kelmar Country Meats and Deli/Bakery at 7-925 Headmaster Row donated $50 worth of ground beef and 400 buns.

Educational assistant Billie Cross, who was part of a similar event at John W. Gunn School, was responsible for soliciting donations from the businesses, and was thrilled with the response. She was also glad to see the school community step up to help.

"Our teachers have been fabulous, making soups and bringing them it, working really, really hard," she said.

The festivities continued at the school on Jan. 24, as members of the Winnipeg Police Service and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers basketball teams were slated to take on the Buckeyes varsity hoops squads. Students who bought lunch at the soup fundraiser received a free ticket, while others could bring a tin of non-perishable food or cash donation for Winnipeg Harvest to make their way in.

As well, Zurawsky created 50 bowls of her own that she planned to sell to staff members as part of a private sale at a later date.

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