Eyes on Arlington: First-time Empty Bowls event at Martin High School is Thursday

01/27/2014 1:18 PM

01/27/2014 1:19 PM

An inaugural event at Martin High School is creating quite a buzz. Students in Stacy Kouba’s ceramics class have worked feverishly for months to present the first-ever Empty Bowls event on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the campus cafeteria.

A national initiative established several years ago, Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to fight hunger and create awareness of hunger. The concept is for artisans to create handcrafted bowls and then to invite guests to have a meal of soup and bread and take home an empty bowl as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in the community.

“For me as an educator, it has already been an outstanding experience to watch my students become passionate about a cause and feel empowered to make a difference,” said Kouba.

Kouba’s students ambitiously decided to host the event as a class community service project. They have designed beautiful ceramic bowls that will go to the first 125 tickets sold for the event.

A striking poster designed by Martin student Amber Lim has been created to promote the event. According to information on the poster, “18.4% of households in Texas are food insecure, a percentage significantly higher than the national average.”

Guests won’t leave hungry because the menu will have delicious soups provided by Applebee’s and Olive Garden.

Ceramics student Daesiah Danyell Hodges said the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tarrant County Food Bank. For anyone purchasing a large block of tickets, Hodges said the students would even deliver the tickets if necessary.

A word of advice: Get your ticket early because the souvenir bowls could well become collector’s items of the future, and the supply is limited.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Kouba at skouba@aisd.net or by phone at 682-867-1803. Tickets can be picked up in advance on campus in Room 263.

Prom dress drive

With a firm determination that no girl should miss her high school prom because she doesn’t have the proper attire, the Junior League of Arlington several years ago created the Glass Slipper Boutique.

The program is a project of the league’s provisional members and enables girls selected through high school counselor referrals to borrow dresses, accessories and shoes to wear to their prom. Each year, participating girls can shop among nearly 1,000 dresses in all sizes and styles on specified days where league volunteers will greet them and assist with their selections for the big event. The program relies on donations from JLA members and the community.

How can you help? Gather up your formal and cocktail gowns or maybe that pretty bridesmaid dress and bring them and all the accessories you aren’t using to the dress drive at Blue Mesa Grill in Lincoln Square on Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“We are so excited to be kicking off this year’s Glass Slipper Boutique with a dress drive at Blue Mesa,” said Kayla Sims, who is in charge of the event. “It is a privilege to work with these girls and build their self-esteem by helping them find the perfect dress to wear to their prom.”

Adds league member Shannon Reilly: “We will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. collecting dresses, jewelry, shoes and other accessories to help local young women feel like a princess on prom night. We’ll be serving appetizer specials and cucumber melon margaritas.”

To inquire about the Glass Slipper Boutique, contact admissions@jlarlington.org.

12 years of service

Congratulations to Arlington Urban Ministries as the agency celebrated 12 years of service to Arlington families in crisis.

In another important initiative, a shout-out for its successful monthly mobile food pantry that “feeds more than 600 Arlington families each month. Since its December 2010 launch, 12,699 families (47,574 individuals) have received 528,601 [pounds] of free, fresh food.”

Learn more about this organization at www.ArlingtonUrbanMinistries.org.

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