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Empty Bowls Event Brings Community Together

October 18, 2018

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The students from Cochrane Public and Ecole Secondaire Cochrane High School embarked in a community connected experiential learning project focused on service learning. The Visual Arts, Expressing Indigenous Cultures, Grade 8 and the secondary and elementary special education students, created handcrafted ceramic bowls, all of which were used to initiate and host the Empty Bowls Project in Cochrane.  The goal of the event was to raise awareness and funds around the topic of food insecurity in the local area.  The Empty Bowls evening, culminating on Friday October 12th,  saw the showcasing of local art, culinary and musical talent, to the resounding applause of local community members. This event brought together a number of partnerships throughout the community between students, artists, the Cochrane Farmers' Market, the Town of Cochrane, the local radio station, and a number of volunteers involved with cooking, playing music and ensuring the event ran smoothly.  The Empty Bowls Project demonstrated strong community ties and helped raise over $2000 to be donated to local organizations such as the Ininew Friendship Centre and the Food Bank.  What an amazing experience to showcase the talents of our students and the connections that can be made within their local communities!

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