The Art. Food. Community. event on May 16, 2015 raised $12,000 after expenses, which will fund a summer’s weekday luncheon program (75 lunches a day for seven weeks) and put money toward a grant from Arlington EATS to the Arlington Boys and Girls club for summer snacks and lunches.
Excerpt from March 2015 Superintendent’s Newsletter. AEF provided the funding for the materials for this meaningful community project through an ‘Innovations in Education’ grant.
400 Bowls, 3000 Meals–All Thompson Students Get Involved in Art. Food. Community.
I mentioned in my January newsletter that a grant from the Arlington Education Foundation is making it possible to involve every student at Thompson in a project combining community service, pottery and academic curriculum. Students are taking a Ceramic Arts Integration Workshop, learning about Colonial Era pottery and creating two bowls. The artist will keep one bowl, and the other will be donated to Arlington EATS, a local nonprofit working to alleviate food insecurity.
As you can see from the pictures, the students have been hard at work on their bowls–rolling out slabs of clay, decorating them, pressing them into molds and firing them in the onsite kiln. The project will culminate with a community dinner and fundraiser planned for May 16.
Local artists and Thompson parents Melody Wolfe Thomas and Eileen de Rosa proposed the Art. Food. Community. grant and are working with the school staff and leading the effort. This is an innovative and caring way to enrich the curriculum and involve the entire school community in a meaningful project. Kudos to everyone for the hard work that will mean so much to our young artists and struggling members of the greater community.