The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

October 23, 2013

St. Benedict School project benefits Soup Kitchen

JOHNSTOWN — Pupils at St. Benedict School in Geistown are in the midst of a service project that will help those less fortunate in the community.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society Youth Conference at the school, along with pupils in prekindergarten through eighth grade, faculty and staff are raising funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Soup Kitchen by painting ceramic bowls that will be sold to the public.

Mary Jo Podratsky, a fifth-grade teacher and one of the project coordinators, said after tossing around some ideas it was decided to do a project that would benefit the Soup Kitchen because many pupils had volunteered there in the past serving food.

“One in five kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from, so we wanted to do something to feed people,” she said.

Everyone is painting two bowls and has free rein in choosing the design they want.

Once they’re completed, Koch’s Ceramics in Moxham fires the bowls and returns them to the school.

The bowls, along with a can of soup, are $10 and will be available for purchase beginning Nov. 7.

Bowls will be on display at the school and at St. Vincent de Paul Society’s thrift store, 301 Central Ave., Johnstown.

“We have 600 bowls, and our goal is to raise $6,000 for the Soup Kitchen,” Podratsky said.

Tessia Robison said the project is cool and will help a lot of people in the area.

She was painting one bowl with a Halloween theme and the other with a beach scene.

“I feel bad when people don’t have enough to eat,” the seventh-grader said. “I like to see people smile, and helping them makes you feel good.”

Podratsky said the school has embraced the project and pupils couldn’t wait to get started.

“The students have a lot of empathy and big hearts and just want to help everyone,” she said.

For information on purchasing a bowl, call the school at 266-3837.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • WilliamsA ‘I thought I was going to die’

    Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • JFD traing Firefighters practice river rescues

    Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 22, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 22, 2014

  • sewer meeting map Sewer work will tie up traffic

    Brace yourselves.
    This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • USS Somerset USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport

    The USS Somerset is home.
    The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jablonski, Stephen Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat

    A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vizza, Peter Vizza voted deputy mayor

    The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities

    A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sculptor’s work to be raffled off

    The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.

    April 23, 2014

  • Katie and Gary Lamer Birthday remembrance bash provides aid to region

    It’s been four years since Johnstown resident Gary Lamer died of complications from pneumonia, but his memory lives on through an annual party that gives back in a big way.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads