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Davis Middle continues fundraiser to fight hunger

Seventh-grade students in Katy King's art class at Davis Middle School are participating in a fundraising event for Rockdale Emergency Relief. Students Madeline Burkey and Morgan Ensley start work on ceramic bowls that will be sold for the event. They later fired them in a kiln and decorated them with glaze, then fired them again. Staff photos: Lee Depkin

Seventh-grade students in Katy King's art class at Davis Middle School are participating in a fundraising event for Rockdale Emergency Relief. Students Madeline Burkey and Morgan Ensley start work on ceramic bowls that will be sold for the event. They later fired them in a kiln and decorated them with glaze, then fired them again. Staff photos: Lee Depkin

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DMS seventh-grader En'Rico Stokes puts the finishing touches on his clay bowl decorated with a mouse.

CONYERS -- Davis Middle School students want to feed you, so they can feed needy people in the community later.

The school is holding its second annual Empty Bowls dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the school's cafe.

A simple meal of soup, salad, bread and dessert will be served for a cost of $5 per adult and $3 per child.

"The soups are made from scratch by our cafeteria manager, Linda Edwards, and will be tomato bisque, beef vegetable and chicken noodle," said Katy King, DMS art teacher and an event organizer. "Homemade desserts are being provided by the School Samaritans of Heritage Hills Baptists Church The salads, dressings and bread are being donated by Publix supermarkets."

The school's art club and student council also are holding a canned food drive at the event, so guests also are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to Rockdale Emergency Relief and the food pantry.

All proceeds will go to the Rockdale Emergency Relief to help fight hunger in the community.

"The purpose of the event is to bring the community together to help fight hunger in our community," King said. "At the dinner, you will be invited to take home a ceramic bowl as a reminder of those who have empty bowls in our community."

The DMS Student Council and the Visual Arts students have combined forces in creating about 500 handmade ceramic bowls for the event.

"Empty Bowls is a chance for our students to truly make a difference in the world through their art," King said. "The students have been planning and preparing for this event since the first day of school. They want to be a part of the solution and help others in need in our community."

Last year's event served 300 people and raised $1,000 for the RER fund and food pantry, so the school hopes to raise more than that this year.

Anyone is invited to the event.

"(Last year) many were community members from around the county. Some of our guests of course had children attending our school, while others had school-aged children from other Rockdale County schools and others where members of the community who just wanted to come out for the cause," King said. "We welcome everyone who would like to come out to help with the food insecurity problem within our community. Children and the public from all ages are welcome."

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting King at kking@rockdale.k12.ga.us or the school office at 770-388-5675. They also can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.