Viera High students take part in Empty Bowls fundraiser


Viera High students in ceramics and pottery teacher Kevin Cook's advanced class have created bowls to be used in the Empty Bowls for Hunger fundraiser that will be held at Rockledge Gardens on Sunday. Pictured (from l-r) are Suzy Cardell, Tory Kolasky, Kyleigh Bernstein, Kevin Cook (teacher), Tina Pham, Alex Trett.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Kevin Cook

When the annual Empty Bowls to Fight Hunger fundraiser takes place Sunday at Rockledge Gardens, some of the participants will be using bowls created by Viera High students.

The event, which is scheduled to take place between 5-7 p.m. at Rockledge Gardens, features the work of local artists and the fare of local restaurants from around Brevard County with the goal of increasing the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the area.

In addition to Viera High, students from Eau Gallie and Melbourne High will join participants from Mimi’s Crafts, Art Abilities and the Foosner Art Museum to create unique bowls for guests to choose from.

The bowls will then be filled with samples of soups provided by local restaurants, including Scott’s on Fifth, Tuscany Grill, Lello’s Ristorante Pizzeria, Ossario Bakery & Café and others.

Attendees will be able to keep the bowls as a daily reminder of the hunger and homelessness issue in Brevard County. The suggested donation for the event is $25. It will include the bowl, soup samples, bread from Sunrise Bread Company, beverages and dessert.

All proceeds from the Empty Bowls to Fight Hunger event will benefit Daily Bread, Inc., which helps feed more than 200 homeless individuals each day.

Viera High ceramics and pottery teacher Kevin Cook said he was asked by Mimi Orrison of Mimi’s Crafts if the school would be interested in participating in this year’s event. Orrison also supplied the clay and glazes for Cook’s students to make 15-20 bowls.

“Working with clay is always fun and sometimes challenging,” Cook wrote in an email. “My advanced students and I threw the bowls on the potter's wheel. When the bowls were fired, more students took part in applying the colored glazes.

“This is the first year we have been involved in the Empty Bowls Fundraiser and we are happy to take part in serving our community!”