City schools raise $7,000 for Second Harvest

Schools across Clinton City were packed with students, parents, and community members on Friday, March 27 for the Innaugual Empty Bowls Night.

Every student and teacher worked hard to create individual bowls to be sold to bene t Second Harvest Food Bank. Student bowls sold for $5 each, and teacher bowls sold via silent auction. Some teacher bowls went as high as $70.

Students across the district read the book Stone Soup before this night. Families donated ingredients for the CCS version of Stone Soup, and teachers brought desserts.

After enjoying a family dinner, bowls were picked up by students and their families. What was the result? Clinton City Schools raised $7,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank.

This event was the idea of Allison Swanner, art teacher at Clinton Elementary School. She believes that it is important that we teach students to use their time and talents to give back to the community.

Ashley Webb, art teacher at North and South Clinton Elementary, worked collaboratively with Swanner to combine the efforts of all three schools into one large event.

Clinton City Schools participates in the Second Harvest Backpack Program which provides extra food on the weekends to students in need. On average, Second Harvest donates approximately $12,000 to the students across the system each year.

Director Kelly Johnson states, “This is one way that we can give back to such a worthy organization that donates an abundance to our students each year. It was an added bonus to see our students and families have such a wonderful time inside our school doors. I commend both Allison Swanner and Ashley Webb for a job well done. They worked countless hours preparing for this wonderful event.”

Sam Compton and Elaine Streno attended from Second Harvest Food Bank. They were amazed at the talent and efforts of the students and teachers. They are very thankful for the generous donation to Second Harvest.