The Springdale High School program returns and offers social skills to students

Principals and teachers of the Elegant Valley School District were able to enjoy a meal while giving to a good cause on Wednesday afternoon.

The meal was part of Empty Bowls’ lunch, “a popular movement of artists and artisans in cities and towns around the world to raise money for food-related charities to care for and feed the hungry in their communities,” according to the Empty Bowls website.

Springdale Jr. — the father of the high school family consumer science program and his art program teamed up to create the bowls and prepare the meal.

More than 40 ceramic bowls with unique designs and shapes were presented for you to choose from. The dishes served included desserts, salad and soup. The cost was $ 7 to enjoy a meal and save the bowl afterwards.

“We hope to raise $ 300 this year,” said Melissa Lager, a family consumer science teacher.

Lunch is held once a year in March. Elegant Valley School District principals and Springdale High School teachers are invited to attend. The program began when Lager began teaching in high school in 2013.

The program was a success for many staff members who repeatedly returned for lunch.

Tina Katzur, the coordinator of the technology systems, said that the creativity of the lunch with the various bowls that the students make and their involvement is the thing she enjoys the most.

“The food is always amazing, and the students are always proud,” she said. “It warms the heart.”

Travis Aiken, a ninth-grade English teacher, said the staff expects to attend lunch every year because of its idea and food.

“I just love watching the kids invest their energy in something worthwhile,” he said.

Proceeds from the lunch are donated to the Lower Valley Community Food Bank.

In the past, the program has managed to raise about $ 400 a year, Lager said. Covid has hampered the program’s progress over the past two years. Last year, exit bowls were available for purchase by managers and staff.

School spokesman Jan Zestonyak said that in addition to lunch, students volunteer at the food bank on a monthly basis.

“They make a difference down there because they (the food bank) do not have a lot of young people to help them with the heavy tasks,” she said.

The students involved in the program take different values ​​and lessons from it.

Springdale executive Emmet Jaronsky has previously helped with the Christmas dinner. This was his first time helping out at lunch.

“It’s a great life lesson to help people, even if you do not get money from it. It’s still a good experience to help others,” he said.

Senior colleague Logan Dexter said it was the most expensive class. This was his third year volunteering for lunch. The socialization aspect is what he gets from volunteering, he said.

“It’s a fun experience, and you get a break from school to hang out with friends and help,” Dexter said.

Senior Springdale Fall Spruce prepared two ceramic bowls for the event. The project took her about two weeks to complete.

“It’s good to know it’s staying here,” she said. “It’s like I’re leaving a small part of me with them.”

Tanisha Thomas is the author of the Tribune-Review team. You can contact Tanisha at 412-480-7306, or via Twitter .

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