Oakville Middle School
St. Louis, Missouri

A Middle School's Empty Bowls Are Filled with Hope
Through differentiated instruction and cooperative strategies, 7th and 8th grade Art 1 and Honors Art Club students examined the influence of the economy and culture on the socio-economic status of individuals and families assisted by Feed My People that serves as the local food bank, thrift store, and advocate for the rights of the poor. While discussing respect for diversity, customs, and personal pride, the students identified the need for monetary contributions for programs beyond food. With the support of the principals and the art teacher, the art students employed the assistance of the band students, parents, teachers, and staff, to organize an Empty Bowl Luncheon for OMS teachers, staff, administrators, Honors Art Club parents, school board members, and guests from Feed My People. Demonstrating core ethical and performance values, the art students created handmade ceramic bowls in their free time and after school, while teachers, parents, students and staff donated homemade soup and desserts, decorated the band room for the luncheon, donated $10 per bowl, and cleaned up. The students celebrated their success, raising over $1000 during two luncheons in two years.

Main Contact
Mrs. Elizabeth Adams-Marks
Art Instructor
adams-markse@mehlville.k12.mo.us
http://oms.mehlvilleschooldistrict.com/