With chicken soup and simple ceramic bowls, South Carroll High School joined the battle against hunger.
The Winfield school is the first in Carroll County to participate in Empty Bowls, a international project that unites communities in a campaign against hunger. More than 100 diners sat down for a community supper Wednesday, served by students in chef caps and bright yellow aprons printed with "we care."
Instead of hearty casseroles, thick slabs of meat and creamy desserts, the fare was plain: chicken noodle soup, bread and water. For their $5 donations, most diners went home hungry, but filled with hunger awareness.
"We are able to help a lot of people by doing this dinner," said sophomore Amy Tessendorf. "Our dollars will benefit somebody who might be hungry."
Everyone also received an empty ceramic bowl, a symbol of world hunger. Students, faculty and a few celebrities made the bowls in the ceramics studio.
"This is a great cause that I would like to see spread throughout the county," said Craig Giles, a North Carroll Middle School teacher, whose students also crafted bowls for the dinner.
Giles' 10-year-old son, Jeff, enjoyed a second bowl of soup, but said he was still a little hungry.
Celeste Pridemore brought the youngest four of her nine children to the dinner, an event organized by her oldest child, senior Vicky Softy.
Noel Softy, 12, complimented her sister's organizational skills, which had dinner for more than 100 going smoothly.
She did not know Vicky had been food shopping until 11 the night before, but she did understand the reason for the dinner.
"This dinner represents the homeless people who don't have money for food," Noel said. "I may go home hungry, but that is OK."
Sophomore Adam Altman said his simple meal was probably similar to what is served in soup kitchens.
"It will fill you up, but it is not what you want to eat," Altman said. "There is really symbolism here."
Several of the more attractive bowls became the subjects of spirited bidding, including seven made by members of the Baltimore Ravens.
Everyone received a complimentary bowl, many of them not as well molded as those on the auction table. But, art teacher Cara Ober promised they were all usable.
Senior Kellan Webb's rectangular creation, a tribute to the Varsity Club, seemed most in keeping with the evening's theme. On one side, she had printed:
"Teamwork is the joining together of many people in the achievement of a common goal."