It seemed a project whose scope continued to grow and grow. Art teacher, Patti Mudd and culinary teacher, Melinda Brown teamed up in January on a service project that combined both their areas of expertise.
Ms. Mudd's art students handpainted 200 bowls, each with its own one-of-a-kind design. She spent weeks glazing and firing the bowls, in anticipation of a "super" service project. Meanwhile, Ms. Brown worked with her students to prepare large-scale portions of chili, chicken noodle soup, ramen soup, and mac & cheese. When they needed a break, they prepared desserts and rolls.
The two groups came together on Friday, February 1 to offer the "Souper Bowl" in the Bayless High School Cafeteria. Asking a donation of either $5 or 5 cans of food, the students provided each patron with a handpainted bowl of their choice, filled with the meal of their choice.
While it was possible to take your bowl and dinner "to go," the students offered the option of "Dinner and a Movie." They decorated the cafeteria with a football theme, darkened the lights, and showed the film, "Friday Night Lights" on the big screen. The placemats, designed by commercial arts students, included facts on hunger in Missouri, and on the Affton Christian Food Pantry.
This service project raised more than $2,000 to help the Affton Christian Food Pantry feed families in need in the 63123 zip code. On the Tuesday following, a group of students visited the Affton Christian Food Pantry to drop off the food they had collected. It was their chance to see the project come to its full completion.
Art teacher, Patti Mudd, said that she would love to see this become an annual project, and grow in size and scope. She is hoping to find a corporate sponsor for next year's "Souper Bowl."
The Affton Christian Food Pantry is located at 4960 Heege Rd in Affton. It is an ecumenical organization, run by 12 Affton area churches, and provides groceries to families in the 63123 zip code who demonstrate their need. For more information on the ACFP, please see their website at afftonchristianfoodpantry.com.