East Rockaway Helps Fight Hunger

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students held their first Empty Bowls Project fundraiser to benefit Long Island Harvest on Nov. 17.

Participants enjoyed a variety of soups, sandwiches and pasta, thanks to the generosity of local residents, businesses, teachers and faculty who donated to the event. They also took home beautiful ceramic bowls that were created by art students in grades 7-12. Student-musicians performed beautifully for those in attendance.

According to its website, the Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. The organization’s mission is to create positive and lasting change through the arts, education and projects that build community.

Art teachers Kelly Cabasso and Kristie Hirten organized the fundraiser, which ultimately raised $700 for Long Island Harvest.

“This was a great way to bring art and the community together,” Hirten said. “It also reminds the students that there are hungry people on Long Island and that they can use their talents to make a difference.”