A group of students in Timmins, Ontario are taking what they have learned in the classroom out into the community by helping to raise awareness of food insecurity in their communities.

In their class, the students from the Northeastern Catholic District School Board learned about social issues, community needs and the importance of giving back to the community. The students of the ACCESS Adventure class wanted to help address the food security issue in their community. With the help of their teachers, Laura Kelly and Doug Basso, they took part in a pottery session at Northern College to make 45 soup bowls that were donated to the Timmins Empty Bowls Project. Their pottery bowls will be used to serve soup at the Timmins Empty Bowls fundraising luncheon next spring.

“I was really proud of them,” said Laura Kelly, ACCESS teacher from O’Gorman High School.“They were learning to give back to the community for the right reasons with integrity and good values.”

The ACCESS Adventure is an experiential learning program that connects students to their community while earning two credits towards their high school diploma. The Timmins Empty Bowls project, a grassroots movement created by artists, clay artists, helps to fight against hunger in the community. Each spring, they host a fundraising event to raise funding for food insecurities.

Help us celebrate the success of students from the ACCESS Adventure class by sharing this story today. Together, we are building communities of faith.