DuBOIS — Sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a good thing — such as the annual Souper Bowl at the DuBois Area High School.
The 12th annual event of what organizers call “the best potluck around” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the cafeteria of the high school located on Orient Avenue.
“We will be doing things a little differently this year,” said Jennifer Gaston, art teacher and one of the organizers. “The Souper Bowl has been overwhelmingly successful, with last year being record breaking, that we have had to purposely scale it back. What a problem to have, right!?”
In order to make sure that they have enough bowls for everyone who attends, organizers will be capping attendance at 200 and will only be selling pre-sale tickets. The cost is $10 each and children 6 and under are free. Tickets are now available through March 12 or until sold out.
As always, the event will feature homemade soups and ceramic bowls, handmade by students, teachers and local artists.
The event helps raise money for the art department. Robin Craig, art teacher, is the founder of the DAHS Souper Bowl and an organizer as well.
Over the past 12 years, the Souper Bowl and other art department fundraisers have totaled more than $21,000, Gaston said. These funds have been used to replace and/or purchase tools and materials and to enhance the opportunities provided to visual arts students.
“Last year, the DAHS Art Club voted to purchase a new kiln, which increased the productivity and efficiency of the ceramics studio,” Gaston said. “This purchase allowed for the old kiln, still in solid working condition, to be donated to the middle school where it was used to enhance the program through the addition of ceramics studies. A slab roller and other equipment was purchased to keep developing the ceramics studio, making for a state-of-the art experience for our students. We also continue to plan murals, trips, etc.”
Next year, the studios will expand to include another course level in both 2-D (drawing, painting, photography and digital art) and 3-D courses (ceramics and sculpture) and will offer two levels of an art metals/jewelry course.
“We are always looking for ways to bring the best of materials, equipment, techniques and experiences to our students,” Gaston said.
The support of the administration, school board and community have made all of this possible, Gaston said.
“In fact, the support has been so overwhelming that that we had to scale it back this year to keep up,” she said. Still, she is thankful.
“We couldn’t do any of this without the help of parents, students and colleagues who make soup and give of their time to organize, serve and clean-up the day of the event,” Gaston said.