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Just in case you are new to the scene and aren't sure what we are talking about when we say, EMPTY BOWLS, here are a few more details. Over the years, Oak Grove students have supported this annual fundraiser for Carroll County's Soup Kitchen, by making clay bowls with a local artisan. While not guaranteed to find and purchase your own child's, the chance to go home with a special bowl has always been incentive enough to support a great cause that helps meet a need of local residents.
Aside from our routine bowl making contribution, this year, OGMS is GIVING in a couple of new ways. Not only will there be one-of-a-kind bowls from about 60 unique OGMS kiddos (Primary and Elementary), we'll also be donating soup and elbow grease! Collaborating through class ingredient donations, elementary students will stir up a pot of liquid deliciousness (under the careful guidance of Chef Janine) for the special day. I assure you, it will be hard not to pick this one from the line-up on February 28th.
Aligning with the school's value of "service to others,' we are not only encouraging our elementary students and their families to volunteer the day of the event, but all members of the OGMS community. For this day, we have committed to helping in the area of table maintenance. So, if you would like to lend a hand for 30-minutes or so, you would assist in replenishing bread baskets on tables, throw away "left-behinds" ..... trash, and most importantly, spread good cheer. To ensure we can fulfill our obligation, we'd love to have a headcount of our volunteers. Please list your family name on the Shutterfly OGMS Community Page .... oh, and wear an Oak Grove t-shirt...... pretty please!
Still can't quite picture it? You show up at the County Ag Center between the hours of 11:00-2:00 on Sunday, February 28th planning to eat lunch. Pay $15 per meal and pick out one precious ceramic bowl (per $15 meal) from an ENORMOUS, mind boggling line-up. There are literally tables FULL of bowls of all shapes, sizes, and designs. Not only will choosing a bowl be a challenge, but choosing a soup to lunch on will be too. Don't worry about finding the largest one there, the soup is proportioned in disposable containers and served through a cafeteria style process. Our local restaurants and civic organizations always provide a diverse selection for all tastes. By the way, bread, water, and entertainment are included with the meal. Other drinks sold separately.
Melanie Drew from Blue Heron Art Studio spent several days working with our Primary and Elementary students embellishing clay bowls for the event. While unexpected, she has generously offered to "retain" these particular bowls from going in to the main "pot" and will gladly let you choose your child's (unless they were absent that day) the day of the event. Just seek her out, she'll have them sorted by class (P1, P2, LE).
(shhhhhh) Here's a sneak peek!
As a mom of three Montessori alum and serving as Head of School, here at Oak Grove, my brain often feels like I-285, traveling in rush-hour traffic, in search of an open ramp. Perhaps some of what exits will find it's way to you and be helpful, or, in the least, informative. Enjoy!