Soup, bread, cookies — anyone would agree the three are all good comfort food. On Wednesday, December 2nd the boys’ school brought the three of these together for the 6th annual Soup’s On! Luncheon. For the cost of $9 per adult or $6 per student, each diner was able to choose a handcrafted pottery piece and was treated to a delicious lunch. The menu consisted of a choice of three different kinds of soup – turkey noodle, corn chowder or vegetable barley. The price of the lunch also included homemade cornbread and biscuits; coffee, tea, milk or cider and a variety of cookies and fresh fruit for dessert. My oldest sons’ Modern Meals class gave up their study hall on Wednesday morning and transformed the school’s Family and Consumer Science classroom into a restaurant for the day, complete with fully set tables adorned with tablecloths and holiday themed centerpieces. Each table also had two plates heaped high with various homemade biscuits, cornbread and butter to accompany the soups.  Students, all adorned in aprons, acted as the wait-staff. These students attentively waited on tables, refilling bowls and cups, making sure that no diner left the event hungry. Plates of homemade cookies were circulated to each table at the end of the diner’s meal, featuring student-made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies and my personal favorite, pumpkin cookies.

The event is an interdisciplinary annual event at the school involving students in Art and Pottery classes, Family and Consumer Science classes and Honor Society students, along with their faculty coordinators, all combining their efforts to put together a great fundraiser. The proceeds of the soup luncheon go to the National Honor Society for its food basket program.

The purpose of the food baskets is to provide families with food for the week in order to free-up the money that would otherwise be needed for a week’s food so that the family can spend it on other things such as gifts to make their holiday a little brighter. Last year, the program provided baskets to over 100 families and just as many baskets are anticipated this year. The recipients are either school families, district families or families outside of the area with some type of connection to the school. The “baskets” as they are called are actually four or five boxes crammed full of perishable and non-perishable goods including dozens of homemade cookies that students bake throughout the month of December. The baskets also include turkey, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots and bread. The whole school is involved in the creation of the baskets with each homeroom or TA as it is called, sponsoring a family. The TA chooses the size of the family it wants to adopt and then brings in the non-perishable items necessary for that basket. The perishable items are then purchased immediately prior to delivery with the fundraising monies collected by honor society students in order to complete the family’s basket. The fundraising monies are also used to purchase the non-perishable items for baskets needed over and above those sponsored by homerooms at the school.  Of course, a tasty package of student-made cookies will accompany each basket delivered because, after all, everyone needs dessert.