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Lakeridge students fill Empty Bowls

Students raise money for Oregon Food Bank


by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge High School senior Cooper Hummel trims a large bowl that will be available at the upcoming Empty Bowls sale. In inset, Lakeridge High School ceramics teacher Mike Helle holds up a few items that will be included in the Empty Bowls sale.An annual tradition to feed the hungry and teach teens about community service also affords Lake Oswego residents the opportunity to sample a plethora of soups and take home a piece of ceramic art.

During Empty Bowls next week, a local take on a national program, Lakeridge High School students will ladle soup into bowls that ceramics students crafted themselves. Guests can get their soup served in a paper bowl if they wish to keep their microwave, dishwasher and oven-safe dishes clean, says Mike Helle, ceramics teacher. Bowls are lead free.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Simone Luccesi, a senior at Lakeridge High School, puts some finishing touches on a bowl.

“They’re as functional and utilitarian as pottery gets — and pretty and handmade,” Helle says.

The event, from 4 to 7 p.m. March 14 in the school cafeteria at 1235 SW Overlook Drive, will feature student-made brothy cuisine, including cream of chicken, chicken noodle, vegetarian minestrone, minestrone with Italian sausage and taco soups.

Most bowls are $5, but the larger ones run up to $40. More than 200 bowls were sold last year, and the event raised $1,600 for the Oregon Food Bank, which the event will benefit again this year, Helle says.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge High School junior Joe Sindlinger shapes a future dish that will be available at the upcoming Empty Bowls sale.

“You’re using your skills to help other people,” says Joe Criscione, 17, a senior in advanced placement ceramics.

Junior Brenda Cha, 16, says she also enjoys the idea of reaching out to others.

“It makes your work that much better,” Cha says.

Albertsons and Palisades Market will donate ingredients. Helle used recycled clay this year, and last year, Georgies Ceramic & Clay donated the materials.

Lakeridge senior Cooper Hummel, 17, says he had never thrown such large bowls on a pottery wheel.

“I’ve learned how to throw better,” Hummel says.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge High School ceramics teacher Mike Helle holds up a few items that will be included in the Empty Bowls sale.




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