Williston Trinity Christian School third graders Hope Richards and Ellie Tonnehill paint bowls on Thursday.

The bowls were empty, but they won’t be for long.

They were plain, too, but the students in Lois Johnson’s third grade class at Williston Trinity Christian School were going to take care of that on Thursday.

As part of the recent Teacher Appreciation Night, Johnson won a visit from Quick Draw Art Studio to have her students glaze bowls for an upcoming event to fight hunger — Williston Empty Bowls.

The event, planned for Dec. 1 at First Lutheran Church, will give community members a chance to purchase a bowl and a ticket for soup. The bowls will be decorated by local students or donated by local artists, and the soup will come from local restaurants.

“All the money goes to feed the hungry during the holidays,” Quick Draw owner Melissa Krause told the students.

On Thursday, the Williston Trinity Christian students were eager to get down to the work of decorating the white ceramic bowls. They dipped brushes in the colored glaze and worked at creating patterns or drawings on both the inside and outside.

Krause, who is leading Williston’s first Empty Bowls campaign, gives people the opportunity to decorate bowls on Wednesday evenings for $20 — $10 to cover the cost of the bowl and the cost of firing the glaze and $10 to the Empty Bowls campaign. Many young people have created bowls that way, but this was something different.

“You guys are my first class that’s going to help,” Krause said.


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