Celebrating creativity

BRHS Stone Soup fundraiser brings in $700 for local nonprofits

BIG RAPIDS – Big Rapids High School celebrated its students’ artistic abilities while raising money for two local nonprofits on Tuesday evening.

One hundred twenty people turned out to the Stone Soup fundraiser, where they could purchase ceramics and pottery for $5 and enjoy dinner provided by Applebee’s, Subway, Jimmy John’s, Ferris State University dining services and the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center’s culinary arts program.

CREATIVE CERAMICS: Kira Hill, a fourth grader at Riverview Elementary School, picks out a ceramic piece at the Stone Soup fundraiser. For $5 attendees could purchase a piece of pottery and a meal.

About $700 was raised, which will be split between WISE and the Muskegon River Water Safety Project.

Also, for the first time this year, the fundraiser included live music by Atomic Time Machine, a band made up of BRHS students, and an art show of other work by students in Krystal Kingsley’s class.

“(The turnout) was awesome,” said Kingsley, the art teacher at BRHS. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s always fun to see the parents with the kids – to put families together.”

SAVORY SOUP: (Left) Gracen Phelps, 7, and Mary Kay Shannon (right) enjoy their soup at the annual Stone Soup fundraiser at Big Rapids High School on Tuesday. Every year, art students select local nonprofits to benefit from the fundraiser, where they sell their art work. (Pioneer photos/Lauren Fitch)

Students in Kingsley’s class researched local nonprofits and selected a group to present to the class before their peers voted on which groups would benefit from this year’s fundraiser.

Alexandra Folkema presented WISE, and Stephanie Smith proposed the Muskegon River Water Safety Project – the two groups that were selected.

“The Muskegon River Water Safety Project is really important to me and my family,” said Smith, whose 2-year-old brother drowned in the Muskegon River in 2008. “People were really shocked (to hear my story) because they didn’t know about it. I guess

Smith made five ceramic pieces for the fundraiser, which all sold.

Mary Morgan, who has two children attending Big Rapids Public Schools, made her first trip to the annual Stone Soup fundraiser this year. She was pleased with the display of students’ art work, although she didn’t get a ceramic piece as most were sold out by the time she got there.

“It’s great that they’re (giving to the charities),” said Morgan, who manages the gift shop for Artworks. “This should be touted as more of a celebration of the arts for the school.”

APPEALING ART: Brenda Hendrick, whose daughter attend BRHS, looks at the high school students’ art work during the Stone Soup fundraiser. In addition to the art on display, ceramic and pottery pieces were for sale to raise money for WISE and the Muskegon River Water Safety Project.

Karol Hartley, whose son is a member of Atomic Time Machine, has attended the fundraiser for four years. She thought the live music and additional art on display drew

“One of the things we look forward to is the artistic extravaganza,” she said.

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the Stone Soup fundraiser.

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