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San Marcos Academy senior Wenda Zhang presents Jane Moore, Community Relations Coordinator for the Hays County Food Bank, with a check for $450 at the Cool Mint Café. The Academy’s clay class partnered with Cool Mint Café on an “Empty Bowls” project Nov. 3 to raise money for the food bank. Also pictured are SMA students Amber Bell, Tom Brotherton, Linjun Yuan and Caroline Roberts. PHOTO via SAN MARCOS BAPTIST ACADEMY


San Marcos Baptist Academy art students raised $450 for the Hays County Food Bank recently by participating in the Empty Bowls project for the fourth consecutive year.

SMA Art Instructor Ruth Schwartz’s six clay class students hand crafted 30 bowls for the project, and Cool Mint Café owner Suzanne Perkins sold each bowl — along with a serving of stew — for $15.

The sale of the bowls allowed SMA and Cool Mint Café to present a check for $450 to the food bank on Nov. 3.

“This is such a great opportunity for my students,” Schwartz said. “Not only are they learning the art of working with clay, but they are experiencing the joy of giving back to their community. I am grateful to the Cool Mint Café for partnering with us this year.”

“This is such a creative and mutually beneficial way for youth and the San Marcos area community to work together to help neighbors in need at this very special time of year,” said Jane Moore, community relations coordinator for the food bank. “We are so thankful to the San Marcos Academy and Cool Mint Cafe for doing this on behalf of the families we serve.”

Academy students participating in the Empty Bowls project were Amber Bell and Tom Brotherton of San Marcos; Linjun Yuan and Wenda Zhang of China; Caroline Roberts of Port Aransas; and Enrique Galan of Mexico.

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