Soup lovers filled Greater Johnstown High School’s cafeteria on Friday for the fourth annual Empty Bowls charity dinner sponsored by the Key Club.
The group hopes to top last year’s achievement of $3,000.
Key Club students said the hours are long but the reward is great.
“It takes a lot of hard work to put this together,” club President Kendra Slis said.
“We started right after Christmas break,” said Slis, 18.
“We stayed after school nearly every day, sometimes until 5 o’clock.”
Residents bought tickets for a meal of soup and bread that was served in handcrafted ceramic bowls they took home.
Students created about 650 bowls.
They start with just a lump of clay.
“I like to get covered in clay, dust and water,” Rachel Meyer, 16, said.
Meyer said she and friend Selena Blough together made 150 to 175 soup bowls.
“It’s very stress relieving,” said Blough, 16. “It’s really great to know you can take this little piece of clay and make a bowl out of it.”
Proceeds this year will go to the Women’s Help Center, St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
Key Club Vice President Clare Stem, 18, was eager to give something back to her community.
“Doing these types of events and seeing the happiness that we give to these people by all the hard work is so rewarding,” she said.