for National Hunger Awareness Month




    In recognition of National Hunger Awareness Month (October), the Sayville High School Art Club and the Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation* hosted it's third annual “Empty Bowls” soup/salad dinner event for guests in the High School Cafeteria. Every year, the proceeds go to the Greater Sayville Food Pantry in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    It was a feast of delicious rolls, bagels and Italian bread, tossed greens, and all-you-can-eat homemade soups generously supplied by Sayville Faculty, students, families, and such local merchants as Crickets, Fritzche's, Marc Anthony Pizza, Patti's Pot Belly Deli, and the Village Panni.

    Art-student volunteers ladled the assortment of soups from steaming crockpots and caldrons as eager diners lined the buffet tables. Among the favorites offered this year were corn chowder, tortellini squash, Italian Wedding, beef or chicken barley, cream of turkey, seafood bisque, beef and orzo, potato, and leek, and of course the old standby, chicken noodle soup . 

    Background music was performed by multi-talented members of the Tri-M national music society while everyone chatted and enjoyed the delectable fare. Art Department Chairperson Ms. Lang-Shapiro, along with art faculty Ms. Berotti, Mr. Hammer, Mr. Verschure, and Mrs. Ainslie served double-duty as supervisors and diners.  Also mingling with the students, families, and first-time guests who supported this worthy cause were High School faculty and staff that included Principal Hoffer, Mrs. Hart, Mr. Doller, Mr. Schmieder, Coach DePompeo with Mrs. Stoll-DePompeo, and Mrs. Alcabes. 

    Another remarkable feature of the evening was the array of unique hand-crafted ceramic bowls and pottery (dishwasher and microwaveable safe) made by the Sayville Art students which, for the admission/donation of $10, each guest could choose to keep and enjoy as a memento of time well spent. 

    Thanks to the concerted efforts of all who participated, this year Empty Bowls collected over $1,000 for the Greater Sayville Food Pantry.

    * The “Sayville School Employees Charitable Foundation” was established in 2008. The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to raise funds for distribution to recognized charitable organizations within the communities of Sayville and West Sayville throughout the ENTIRE year.


            The primary method of raising funds has been through the voluntary donations from Sayville school employees via a deduction from their paychecks every two weeks. We are proud to report that currently 53 members of the staff are contributing members.