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Palo Verde combines student talents to help fight hunger

Palo Verde Magnet High School is hosting its second annual Empty Bowls Gala on Thursday, Dec. 5, to help fight hunger. The event is at 6 p.m. at the school cafeteria and costs $5.

Empty Bowls events are held throughout the world. The concept: An organization hosts a dinner where a simple meal of soup and bread is served in bowls made by local artists. Guests make a donation for the meal and keep the bowl, a reminder of the event and of all the empty bowls in the world. Proceeds go to fight hunger.

At Palo Verde, art students are making the ceramic bowls, and culinary arts are cooking three soups. The performing arts division's Jubileers and the Jazz Band will provide entertainment.

Megan Mack teaches ceramics at the school and hopes Empty Bowls becomes a tradition at Palo Verde. "Last year it was a beautiful event and inspiring to see so many come together in an effort to fill the empty bowls in our community," she said. "It's just great to see that kind of love and support, and wonderful to be a part of an international grassroots effort to fight hunger."

Tickets are available from students in the arts programs or at the door. Guests will keep the bowls they eat from, and other student art pieces will be for sale. All profits will be donated to Palo Verde families in need.