Mount Si High School’s cheer team works on making bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraising event, Dec. 8. (Courtesy Photo)

Mount Si High School’s cheer team works on making bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraising event, Dec. 8. (Courtesy Photo)

Empty Bowls fundraising event and community dinner returns Dec. 8

After a successful event last year, the students from the Snoqualmie Valley School District are preparing for another Empty Bowls fundraisers on Friday, Dec. 8, with help from the Mount Si High School cheerleaders and culinary arts students.

Empty Bowls is a fundraising program conducted throughout the country to help fund community food banks. Participants buy bowls that have been hand-made by students from around the school district at a community dinner event. Local restaurants donate the food for the dinner, and all the money raised by the event is donated to local food banks.

Proceeds from the Dec. 8 event at Mount Si High School will be donated to the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank and the Fall City Food Pantry.

Janice Wintermyer, assistant cheer coach at Mount Si, said last year’s event raised about $1,500. More than 100 people came to the event and 13 local restaurants donated food.

This year, students from Twin Falls Middle School, Chief Kanim Middle School, and Mount Si High School crafted bowls for the event. Wintermyer said the cheer team went to Twin Falls on Nov. 20 to make their bowls in the art room. She also said several of her students volunteered at the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank prior to the event.

Mount Si’s Jazz Band will also be playing holiday music at the community dinner.

The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Si Commons. Single tickets are $15 and a family four pack is $50. For every ticket purchase attendees will receive one of the hand-made bowls and dinner.

For more information visit snoqualmievalleyemptybowls.weebly.com.