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Third Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser Supports Seedlings Project

Originally Posted: January 24, 2011

Nicole A. Flotteron

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Manhattan Clam Chowder, Vegetarian Lentil, Alphabet, Italian Minestrone and Chicken Soup at the Empty Bowls fundraiser. (Nicole A. Flotteron)

Southampton - The Springs Firehouse was packed this past Sunday, as dozens of local families gathered to attend the third annual Empty Bowls Project fundraising event in support of the Springs Community Seedlings Project. The Seedlings Project seeks to educate students at the Springs School about food and the integral role in plays in sustaining the planet.

Guests were asked to bring an empty bowl and spoon to the event, which was then filled, (and often refilled) with over 20 varieties of soup prepared by renowned chefs from local restaurants. It was the perfect way to warm up on a freezing cold, winter day. Not surprisingly, the Manhattan clam chowder was a huge hit, and of course, classic chicken noodle soup was a favorite with the kids.

As friends old and new gathered and enjoyed the delicious assortment of soups, entertainment was provided by the musical group Method to Madness, comprised of Yori Johnson, Jackson Clark and Rick Nardo, who attend East Hampton High School, as well as by D.J. Matt Coss of M.C. Productions in Montauk.

Students from the Springs School ran a bake sale, which boasted a variety of delicious sweets and treats, while the adults took their chances in a 50/50 raffle, and purchased beautifully handcrafted ceramic bowls made by the children at the Springs School. Children of all ages enjoyed playing at craft tables and having balloon animals and hats made for them by a balloon artist.

About The Seedlings Project
The Seedlings Project's aims to create a "garden classroom" where students at the Springs School will learn about food from around the world, as well as learning about growing, harvesting, selling and cooking. "We're building a joy of learning," said Tim Bryden, Executive Director of Project Most, an organization that seeks to make the most of afterschool time and helps to fund The Seedlings Project, "We're providing alternative ways for children to learn. It teaches them about good health and eating good food."

Danielle Futerman is a sixth grader at the Springs School, and she loves being apart of The Seedlings Project. "We plant vegetables and we watch them go through germination. After they're fully grown, we make something out of them," she said. She now participates in the garden club after school and she loves to plant vegetables. "I planted a pea and it became a sprout, and then it grew to be a lot taller. I like watching the plants grow," said Futerman. As a result of the time, dedication and effort put in by Project Most and the Seedlings Project, the children in all eight grades at the Springs School are able to participate in the "garden classroom" project.

For more information go to www.projectmost.com.

Children enjoy hot soup and balloon art.


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Guest (Guest) from springs/southampton says::
What a great idea! Springs firehouse is a wonderful venue to have such a great e event! thank you both... I wish I would have participated... maybe next year.. Kathy Abugel
Jan 27, 2011 2:04 pm

Guest (Guest) from Keller, TX says::
Were there any bowls left for purchase? If so, please email me at mptex01@sbcglobal.net.
Jan 25, 2011 4:15 pm


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