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Empty Bowls returns March 26

The Empty Bowls fund-raiser will be held on Thursday, March 26. Students have made more than 150 ceramic bowls in preparation for the event. Students shown with some of their creations (l-r) are Jamie Meyer, Sam Schiltgen, Jessie Germain, Shay Ottman and Katherine Kippes.

The second annual Empty Bowls Project is scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at Somerset High School. The meal begins at 6:30 p.m.

Final touches are being put on this year's event, which is is a fund-raiser for Grace Place and Heifer International.

The evening's event is based around a fund-raising rice dinner. Cost of the event is $10 for a hand-made ceramic bowl, which will be filled with a meal of rice.

A silent auction is planned as part of the night's events. Many hand-crafted items have been donated for the auction. Hand-crafted creations will be accepted up to the start of the dinner as auction items.

Among the items already donated for the auction are hand-made handbags, a hand-crafted wooden shelf, a hand-made quilt and hand-crafted jewelry, scarves and baskets.

The goal for this year's Empty Bowls is to have students oversee all the operations of the meal and the many activities that will be involved with it.

There will be many students involved in entertaining and enlightening those who attend the event. The high school band and choir will perform, with student directors leading the choir. Students will be performing speech and forensics works. American Sign Language students will also be performing.

Among the late additions to the Empty Bowl evening plans are two speakers who will tell about their experiences of living and working in impoverished countries.

SHS students have been busy in getting this ready for this year's Empty Bowls meal. Art students have completed more than 150 ceramic bowls. This year's Empty Bowls winning emblem was designed SHS senior Holly Germain.

Shirts and canvas tote bags with the 2009 Empty Bowls logo will be available soon at the meal. Shirts will be selling for $10.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the Empty Bowls Project or who seeks more information on the project can contact Jeanne Germain at Somerset High School (247-3355) or via e-mail at jgermain@somer