Service Council: Showing What it Means to Give Back

By Brooke Schultz

Elm Staff Writer


On March 4, Service Council worked with Marilee Schumann and Jessica Coner to create pottery for Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is an international campaign to help end hunger and feed those in need. It was created by The Imagine Render Group and asks potters and creators to make bowls for a dinner. At the dinner, guests eat a small meal of soup and bread and are given the bowl. All the money raised is donated to organizations to end hunger.

Junior David Myers attended the event where bowls were made. “I recently joined Service Council, and I’ve never done this, so I thought it’d be kind of fun,” he said.

Service Council worked with River Arts of Chestertown to host an open studio for club members and other students to try their hand at pottery and make a bowl.

River Arts is a local arts organization, which offers many different courses for beginning or advanced students. The courses generally last about eight weeks. Schumann, who teaches the Potters’ Wheel class, led the event. She has been doing pottery for about 30 years and has taught ceramic classes at Washington College. “Five years ago, I was a pottery teacher there. Two of my students in the pottery class were in Service Council and between the three of us, we started Empty Bowls,” she said.

Schumann gave instructions on how to craft bowls, either using a plaster mold to shape the clay, or a pottery wheel. Volunteers were encouraged to make more than one bowl.

Junior Sierra Forney, head of campus committee on Service Council, said, “[It’s] something fun to do, to relax and to help make bowls. I’ve never helped out with this event before because I’ve never really had the time, but I’ve always wanted to. It goes toward a good cause.”

“We’re happy to be collaborating with WC to put on this. We think that this is a really important and cool event. Not just to raise money, but to bring awareness of the value of handmade objects to the general population. It’s good for the art community in general,” Schumann said.

The fifth annual Empty Bowls takes places on March 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and is open to anyone. Those interested can call 410-778-6118 or email to reserve tickets.

The Service Council is a campus club that participates in service projects, and Empty Bowls is just one of them.

“We have four different committees that focus on service projects and fundraisers on campus, in the community, and on the national global level,” senior Joshua Rogers, president, said.

Rogers got involved with Service Council in the spring of his freshman year. “I was really attracted to how involved the club gets with the Chestertown community, and I wanted to be part of that,” he said.

Advisor Kelly Ann Ford said, “They help on all different levels of community. [They] always are doing different projects to enhance community service.”

Service Council has hosted a slew of events in the past semester, such as the CASA Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Cake-Off, blood drives, visiting the Heron Point Retirement Community, the Valentine’s Crush Fundraiser, and the Valentine’s Card Delivery. During the remainder of the semester, Service Council will host another Cake-Off Competition, a Post Secret Exhibition, a bake sale to benefit So Others Might Eat, and a Better World Books book drive.

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