Unity Club Revives Empty Bowls Dinner

SM Unity Club Revives Empty Bowls Dinner
Posted on 03/25/2022
Empty Bowls Dinner raises money for a good cause

On March 11, South Milwaukee High’s Unity students revived an old tradition for a good cause. Crowds of residents enjoyed student-made soup in student-made and fired ceramic bowls, raising more than $1,200 for Human Concerns, a South Milwaukee non-profit. 

Empty Bowls Dinners were a regular tradition at the school but fell out of practice in 2014. The Unity student group, which represents students from minority communities and those who support them, chose to revive the tradition in order to become more visible in the community.

“This is a great way to welcome the community into the school and see some of the skills our students are learning,” Principal Bryan Terry said. “It’s also an opportunity for our students to practice hospitality and give back to the community.” 

Hungry diners got their choice of tomato, broccoli cheddar, or loaded baked potato soup with optional bacon for those who prefer to keep it vegetarian.

“These students have a lot to share with the community,” said Ishmael Simmons, a faculty advisor to the Unity group and a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. “They want to be present and show the community who they are.”