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On two successive Friday evenings, JBS hosted community dinners — Empty Bowls which benefited Urban Harvest STL and the International Dinner which celebrated our exchange students, Jasmine Brown from Ghana and Moritz Habermann from Germany.

About 160 attended our 13th annual Empty Bowls dinner on Friday, February 28. The event netted close to $2000 for Urban Harvest StL, a city roof garden initiative whose mission is to “build community around inclusive and resilient local food systems.” Student leaders organized the evening; 25 members of the JBS community brought in homemade soups, chilis and pasta dishes; Fine Arts Department chair Mike Gesiakowski and his ceramics' students fashioned 150 bowls; and McArthur’s, Companion and Great Harvest donated breads and pastries. One week later, about 230 JBS family members came together for the International Dinner. In addition to a potluck meal, the evening featured contemporary Ghanaian music and a performance by the Die Spitzbaum band, recognizing our exchange students' home countries.

PHOTOS: Allison Roberts (Fine Arts, school photographer)