empty_bowls1Ulster County living is simple yet rewarding; forever focused on benefiting the community. The annual "Empty Bowls" program by the Rondout Valley High School puts a creative spin on the usual charity event. It's one of those positive, homegrown movements unique to Ulster County NY. It is a simple yet brilliant premise that benefits the community, promotes the arts, and teaches students the valuable lesson of helping those in need. How does it work, and how can you participate? It's easy! Taft Street Realty gives you the 2012 Guide to Rondout Valley's "Empty Bowls".

Created by a Teacher - Organized by Students - Aided by Local Ulster County Businesses

empty_bowls2It is a simple, yet powerful image: an empty bowl. This most basic of tools served as inspiration to Marnie Hart, a ceramics teacher at Rondout Valley, one of the local schools in Ulster County NY. She came up with the concept of her students creating ceramic bowls, filling them with yummy food, and then selling them to benefit local charities. This was back in 2004, and eight years later Empty Bowls has grown into an event, now organized by students, that they, the school, and the community can be proud of! Yet the true genius of Empty Bowls that we can all be thankful for lies in the delicious ice cream, soups, breads, and beverages that we, as the general public, are obligated to eat; because hey, it's for charity!

Help a Good, Local Cause While Gaining a Hand-Made Piece of Art

taft_logoStudents from Rondout Valley, as well as local artists from the area create beautiful ceramic bowls by hand, using classic techniques. The bowls are then offered for sale to the public, and once purchased, can be filled with a variety of soups and yummy ice cream along with different breads and beverages provided free of charge by local businesses. All of the proceeds go to 4 local food pantries (Rondout Valley, Rochester, Rosendale, & ARCS of Kingston) so you can be certain that your help will have a direct and immediate impact! Last year's Empty Bowls raised over $10,000 - a true testament to the generosity of those that live in Ulster County NY. This Year's Empty Bowls aims to raise even more, but they need everyone's help! When the community, schools, and local businesses join together, we can wipe out hunger, as the program's motto states, "One bowl at a time!"

Rondout Valley's "Empty Bowls" - Friday April 20th, 2012 from 5pm - 7:30pm in the cafeteria of the Rondout Valley High School (Kyserike Road, 1/4 Mile off of Rte. 209 in Accord, NY 12404) - Ceramic Bowls, $15 - Paper Bowls, $5 - If you can't attend but would like to contribute, visit the "How You Can Help" section of the Rondout Valley Empty Bowls website - www.emptybowls.webs.com

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