Carlow University hosts creative, fun service opportunities

Degree seekers who are seeking a fun, community-like environment for their postsecondary education may want to consider enrolling at Carlow University in Pennsylvania. The school boasts fun service activities, such as the Bowls in the Night event.

The overnight pottery-making marathon was created to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Empty Bowls Dinner. Once a year, the fourth floor of Antonian Hall is transformed into a pottery studio, where local potters, art teachers and students gather to make clay bowls from 5 pm through the evening.

The program started more than a decade ago by art department chair and local potter Dale Huffman.

"This event not only benefits an incredibly worthy cause, but is also an opportunity for the students to learn how to use their talents outside of the classroom to serve others," he said.

The marathon has produced more than 250 bowls for use at the fundraiser, which serves plain bread and soup as a reminder of the local hunger problem. In its history, the charity has raised more than $425,000 for the food bank. 

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