photo (32)The kiln in the art room worked overtime this fall, as it fired soup bowls crafted by each student in grades 1-8 and other members of the Hill community. Under the guidance of art teachers Mary Woodruff and Linda Conti, classes created bowls using a variety of techniques, and then glazed them with vibrant hues. Members of the faculty and staff and parents also took advantage of the opportunity to craft bowls.

Third grade teachers Amy Krumich and Claire Nichols organized a Friday afternoon of soup-making. They sent out a3rd grade bowl making call for ingredients for Stone Soup, and the school community responded. Third grade cooks and their parent volunteers spent an afternoon peeling, chopping, sautéing, and stirring up gallons of soup to fill the empty bowls.

On Sunday, October 6, this bountiful array of colorful bowls filled tables in the Dance Studio, as Hill School hosted a fundraiser for two local food pantries, Seven Loaves of Middleburg and the Fauquier Community Food Bank. For a five dollar donation, patrons received a handmade bowl, their choice of homemade soups, and the opportunity to view a clip of the award-winning film A Place at the Table. Speakers from the two food pantries shared a glimpse into the lives of the people they serve.

IMG_5548Publicized by local churches, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and the food pantry staffs as well as Hill School, this event drew many people who had never before visited Hill. The event raised over $1,700 to feed the hungry, and, of equal importance, educated our students on the difference they can make in their community.