MARQUETTE - Students in North Star Academy raised more than $1,700 during their annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, which aims to raise awareness about hunger.
"Poverty and hunger is an everyday thing," said North Star junior Maia Seguin, who spearheaded the public relations effort for the event. "Some people don't have the necessities they need to live."
The benefit took place Friday afternoon, with members of the community buying tickets for a meal of soup and bread.
Participants in North Star Academy’s Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday peruse the selection of ceramic bowls made by students at the academy. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
Volunteers from Kohl’s in Marquette ladle soup for hungry participants at the event, which was meant to raise awareness of hunger in the area. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
At the end of the meal, they could take home any one of the many ceramic bowls made by North Star students in art class.
Seguin said the project this year was school-wide, with lots of students taking part in organizing and carrying out the event.
"It's such a privilege just to be able to help with this," Seguin said.
Employees of Kohl's in Marquette volunteered to serve the day's lunch.
Empty Bowls is a national, grass roots movement that attempts to raise awareness about hunger issues by serving a modest meal of soup and bread and providing the day's participants with a hand-crafted bowl to take home - an ever-present reminder of the thousands of bowls that sit empty across the world.
Organizers of an Empty Bowls event choose to donate proceeds to a charity that works to solve hunger problems.
The proceeds of North Star Academy's event will be split between Marquette Ending Hunger, a student organization at Northern Michigan University, and and Voices of Youth of Lutheran Social Services.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.