Every month, the second-grade class of St. Cecelia School in Clearwater takes part in a "pay-it-forward" project. January's endeavor involved participation in the Empty Bowls Project, an artistic solution to the problem of hunger.
The Empty Bowls Project works like this: Artists and craftsmen create bowls that guests select to use for a simple meal of soup and bread in exchange for a cash donation to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. The bowl is then theirs to keep.
St. Cecelia's event was modified slightly. Students of second-grade teachers Wendy Patterson and Patty Hughes created bowls that were displayed at the school's Discovery Night last week and the school hosted a dinner of soup and bread on regular dinnerware at a separate event.
The bowls were sold for donations, with proceeds designated for feeding children served by Educating Latin American Adolescents Inc.
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As part of a lesson on the metric system, fifth-graders at Clearwater's Guardian Angels Catholic School were tasked by teacher Sandra Hoolihan to do some detective work and spot any mistakes in use of the metric system.
With the assignment in mind, one of Hoolihan's students, Sam Bremer, noticed a sushi company was using the wrong metric unit on its packaging. In a letter to the company, she pointed out that the measurement read 228G on the packaging and it should have been a lowercase g.
The sushi company acknowledged the error and rewarded Sam with a T-shirt and an upcoming mention in its company newsletter.
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