Stephenville High School culinary and visual arts students are working together on a new project called Empty Bowls that will raise money to help feed area youth through the Backpack Buddies of Erath County.

The visual arts students will create bowls using clay, food-safe glaze and a kiln, and then culinary arts students will make homemade soups to fill the bowls.

The public will be invited to purchase a bowl for $7 from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the SHS cafeteria. Those who purchase a bowl get to keep it.

“There are a lot of kids that go without food and it’s really a struggle and most people don’t realize that the person sitting next to them in class may not have food on a day-to-day basis,” said senior culinary arts student Shellbie Rust.

SHS culinary arts teacher Beth Langley heard of the project and ran with it.

“My old teaching partner told me they had seen the Empty Bowls project so I looked into it and thought it was really cool,” said SHS culinary arts teacher Beth Langley.

Langley then approached SHS visual arts teacher Emily McLemore about the project.

“We have used 650 pounds of clay that normally would last me for multiple projects,” McLemore said. “They have created so much so fast that I can’t keep up.”

The bowls are being created using hands and a pottery wheel.

“I personally have been using the pottery wheel instead of pinch pots that you make by hand. It’s been a lot of fun making the pottery,” said junior visual arts student Julian Marroquin. “I think this is a really good fundraiser. It’s going to raise a lot of money and it’s a nice feeling doing something for other people.”

Backpack Buddies is a local non-profit organization that provides children with weekend meals during the school year. Children are selected by school principals and counselors.

The organization currently serves 257 students weekly in Erath County.

“What is so neat about this is that these young folks have stepped up to help one another and that’s the beauty of it,” said Sena Leese with Backpack Buddies. “For them to care for one another is what we want this community to be about.”