Greenwich Students Make Bowls for Neighbor to Neighbor’s 40th Anniversary

with Barbara Gotch

Students at Central Middle School with art teacher Barbara Gotch and the bowls they created.

 

“Neighbor to Neighbor is a really cool organization and I am so glad I get to be a part of it,” said Catherine at Central Middle School, who talked about a unique art project she and fellow students at Central Middle School recently completed.

Students at local schools including Greenwich Country Day and Convent of the Sacred Heart, made and donated bowls to Neighbor to Neighbor. The bowls will be displayed at the non-profit’s 40th anniversary event “Filling Bowls for 40 years” on April 24th.

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“It is wonderful to have an activity in which all the students can participate in giving back to the community,” said Barbara Gotch, art teacher at Central Middle School. ” Some of our students have so much, but at the same time some of our students need the services of Neighbor to Neighbor.”

Nancy Coughlin, Executive Director of  Neighbor to Neighbor, visited Central Middle School students and her message obviously got through.

“Neighbor to Neighbor helps people in our town by donating clothes and food,” Kyle said. “So I wanted to make a bowl that would look really nice.”

“I learned a lot of people don’t have stuff so we should make things and give to those who cannot make things for themselves,” said Stephanie. Her bowl was covered with geometric designs of squares and triangles. “I tried for a hexagon, but that was too difficult!”

Neighbor to Neighbor founder Jane Fleming and longtime volunteer Betty Sheridan each will be honored at the sold-out event, which also will feature live and silent auctions. All funds raised at the event will support the organization’s programs of providing nutritious food and gently used clothing and household items to low-income area residents.

The colorful display of student-created bowls at Neighbor to Neighbor’s 40th celebration will remind attendees how lucky we are that our bowls are full.

Neighbor to Neighbor improves lives by providing access to nutritious food and seasonal clothing at no cost to local residents in need.  Over 660 local families each year receive enough healthy food for 300,000 meals.  We provide summer lunches to school aged children and coats, hats, books, diapers and household items at no cost to 2,600 local residents.

According to Neighbor to Neighbor, due to overwhelming support of the Greenwich community, tickets to the 40th Anniversary celebration are sold out.

Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 248 East Putnam Ave in Greenwich. Tel. (203) 622-9208


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