Area Students Create, Sell Pottery to Raise Funds for Harvey Victims

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Gloucester County students from several schools are using their creative juices to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“Since the tragedy over the course of the United States, we figured instead of giving back to South Jersey this year, let’s give back to the Houston Food Bank in Texas,” said Soyan Unkow, the art teacher in charge of the project at Delsea Regional High School.

The Houston area was devastated by Hurricane Harvey back in August. 

“I wanted the students to be aware of things around the country and because we were seeing so much devastation and everything, I wanted them to see we can help this way, through art,” said Unkow.

So, she enlisted the help of other art classes at Delsea Middle School and Main Road Middle School in Franklin Township.

“Whenever we can bring groups together for one common cause, it works out beautifully and it’s best for all," said Dr. Piera Gravenor, superintendent at Delsea Regional High School.

"Our students work the best and they learn the most when they’re helping others, so it was a perfect job.”

They call it Delsea Bowls.

“They’re pretty much slab bowls. We rolled out slabs of clay, molded them, formed them, and added textures. They were able to glaze the clay and all the glazes are food safe,” said Unkow.

I wanted the students to be aware of things around the country and because we were seeing so much devastation and everything, I wanted them to see we can help this way, through art.

The hundreds of students involved sold the bowls along with soup at an event Wednesday, Nov. 1st — $10 for the first and $5 for each additional.

“I was ecstatic to hear about the project," said Kayla Kovalak, a junior at Delsea Regional High School.

"I had so much fun working with my classmates on different designs and different size bowls and to hear that it was going to a good cause made me really happy,”

“It’s been a lot of fun because we had the freedom to shape it and paint it however we wanted and just knowing that it was going to a good cause just made it even more exciting,” said Kayla Vandvelt, a freshman at Delsea Regional.

“The students in our school have good hearts," said Katelyn Smith, also a freshman at Delsea Regional. "We all worked really hard on them and we focused on it. We didn’t play around with it, and it’s going to a good cause. It’s a good project.”

The plan is to get all the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank by the end of the week.

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