Burnsville High School

District 191

87days since
Bowls for BrainPower

Thank YOU for Supporting
Bowls for BrainPower!

We reached our 2014 goals by making 660 beautiful pottery bowls and raising more than $12,000 in donations for BrainPower in a BackPack

 Watch for next year's event on 
Thursday, April 23, 2015

11 am - 7 pm

Campus Cup Café
Burnsville High School Senior Campus
Diamondhead Education Center, Upper Level D Wing
200 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337 

Bowls 2013-14

What is Bowls for BrainPower?

Bowls for BrainPower (formerly Empty Bowls for Full Bellies) is a community fundraiser for people to make a free-will donation to a hunger cause and receive a beautiful, hand-made pottery bowl and a meal of soup and bread! The bowl goes home as reminder that some people face an "empty bowl" all too frequently. Proceeds from Empty Bowls events always go to a hunger cause, and ours go to buy food for children in ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) through BrainPower in a BackPack. 

Empty Bowls started in 1990 with students and an art teacher in Michigan searching for a way to make a difference by serving in their community. Together they came up with the idea to make clay bowls, serve a simple soup and bread meal, and let participants keep the bowl as a reminder that many people frequently have too little to eat. From that humble beginning in a single school, the idea has spread across the nation and around the world and now each year millions of dollars are raised to fight hunger through Empty Bowls events. Small actions, like making a bowl, CAN make a BIG difference. 

There is great need in our community, many young people go to bed hungry each night. BrainPower in a BackPack is ISD 191's way to send weekend food home with children who might otherwise go hungry from lunchtime on Friday until breakfast on Monday, when they return to school. BrainPower in a BackPack is another small idea that is spreading across our state, and maybe even across our nation. Bowls for BrainPower, our version of Empty Bowls, will help raise funds for this hunger relief project.

Bowls for BrainPower is a collaboration between the Burnsville High School Art Department (Tim Hammes) and ISD 191 Community Education Youth Service Program (Fay Finn). Many hands will make light work, and together we will make a difference in children's lives!

What is BrainPower in a BackPack?

In 2009, the BHS Youth Service Program initiated a project to provide food to hungry children in School District 191, with the goal of improving the educational experience for students who get little to eat outside of school. The project has raised awareness of local hunger issues, and our high school students and many others in the community have participated in local hunger relief though this project. It provides a meaningful opportunity for our high school students to give back to our community in a very tangible way. Our goal for 2013-14 is to provide food for nearly 300 children in ten elementary schools each week.

BrainPower in a BackPack is funded strictly by donations. It takes approximately $4 to fill a backpack, or about $150 to send one child home with weekend food each week for a school year. That's where Bowls for BrainPower comes in! By participating in this project, you are working hard to help alleviate hunger in our school district. The money raised from this Empty Bowls project will help fund the backpack food program next year. So, please make the decision that both Bowls for BrainPower and BrainPower in a BackPack are projects worthy of your time.  WE care about the kids in our community and we hope YOU care, too.  What’s even better -- YOU can be part of the solution!

Check out the BrainPower in a BackPack website by clicking here.

How can YOU Help?

There are three ways you can help:
    1.  Make or donate bowls
    2.  Come to the next Bowls for BrainPower event and make a free-will donation to alleviate hunger
    3.  Spread the word about hunger in our community and what Burnsville High School is doing about it!

Other links:

Tim Hammes 

Fay Finn