Student creations help serve as a fundraiser

Russell Gross Jr., left, and William Kirk, right, look at their newly fired bowls. Photo available for purchase

Russell Gross Jr., left, and William Kirk, right, look at their newly fired bowls at Trinity Presbyterian Day Care.

Havelock News
Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM.

Raiden Clark, a pre-schooler at Trinity Presbyterian Day Care in Havelock, remembers how soft the clay was when he made his bowl.

“You push it in and roll it in your hand and push it in and put it on the table,” Clark said.

Clarke was among about 20 students from the pre-school who joined a handful of eighth-grade students from Annunciation Catholic School in a Bowls for Blessings fundraiser in which they made bowls to support a parishioner.

“If anyone has children, they know that they love to put their hands into anything gooey and soft and to be able to mold it into to little things,” said Eva Glennon, art teacher at Annunciation Catholic School “We worked with the round ball method of making balls, so that was very easy for the children.”

Sarah Allen, director at the pre-school, said the effort raised money for Karen McCloskey, a teacher at Annunciation who lost her husband earlier this year to cancer.

Led by the eighth-graders from Annunciation, the pre-schoolers made bowls to be sold for $10 each. The bowls were glazed and fired in a kiln. The older students brought the bowls back to the Trinity students last week and sat down for a soup dinner with their younger friends.

“The whole concept was to let everybody make a bowl, make a donation for the bowl and then that money is going to support some parishioners who have exorbitant medical bills and recently lost loved ones to cancer. That’s how the collaboration started and it’s been wonderful,” said the Rev. Shirley Rogers, pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church. “The little kids really respond to the older kids, and of course the older kids love it. It’s a field trip for them. They’ve never done anything like this before, so we’re very excited about the collaboration process and we’re hoping to do more in the future.”

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