BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Just in time for Thanksgiving, Kathleen McCullough’s Crafts students hosted their annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser, selling their pottery before school and during lunch in order to raise money for the Hillside Community Food Bank. This year the project raised $250.

In making the bowls, students practice different techniques, such as hand building and using wax designs. As a result, students were able to express their individuality in their pottery. Due to the students individuality, the bowls are unique each year. “It was so nice to see so much participation. I am proud of the kids for devoting their talents and efforts,” McCullough said.

For the fundraiser, customers were able to make a donation and buy a bowl and get a cup of soup, provided by teachers and members of the PTO. All of the proceeds allow the Hillside Community Food Bank to provide meals for those less fortunate and give back locally to those who may not have had the ability to indulge on Thanksgiving. 

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Freshman Mackenzie Falso said that she volunteered to make one a bowl for the fundraiser and that it was “something simple to do to give back for a very good cause.” 

This was McCullough’s seventh year participating in the fundraiser and she was yet again impressed with the success of her students and their desire to help a good cause. She hopes this can be a tradition that lives on for years to come.