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District 191 Bowls for Brainpower Event set for April 12

The eighth annual Bowls for BrainPower is set for Thursday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the upper level of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy, in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

This annual fund-raiser supports BrainPower in a Backpack, a largely student-supported community service program that provides weekend meals to elementary school students in need. BrainPower, which is funded entirely with donations, currently sends food home with more than 675 children each weekend during the school year in District 191.

Like in past years, attendees of Bowls for BrainPower can make a free-will donation and receive a simple meal of soup and bread, along with a handmade pottery bowl as a reminder that children in our community face empty bowls every day. The event has raised more than $95,000 to support BrainPower in a Backpack since its inception in 2009.

With more than 800 bowls created by volunteers and available at the event, the goal this year is to raise more than $17,000, which would surpass the original goal of $100,000 in 10 years. Donations to BrainPower via District 191 are tax deductible, and all proceeds are designated to purchase food for BrainPower in a BackPack.

Bowls for BrainPower is a collaboration between the Burnsville High School art department and the District 191 Community Education Youth Services Program. The program, which relies on Burnsville High School students and community volunteers, serves all District 191 middle and elementary schools, preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Family Education. There are also food shelf options at Burnsville High School, Eagle Ridge Middle School and Nicollet Middle School.

This year’s Bowls for BrainPower sponsors include Foundation 191, Burnsville High School, District 191 Community Education, Continental Clay Company, Burnsville Breakfast Rotary, Eagan Foundation, Skyline Displays Midwest, Minnesota Clay and Target.

For more information about Bowls for BrainPower, go to www.isd191.org/brainpower or contact Pam Voigt at (612) 819-4404, or pvoigt@isd191.org, Fay Finn at (952) 356-7999, or brainpowerbowls@gmail.com.

Additional information is available on the Bowls for BrainPower Website at: https://sites.google.com/a/isd191.org/emptybowls/ or the BrainPower in a BackPack website at: https://sites.google.com/a/isd191.org/brainpower-in-a-backpack/.