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Bowls for BrainPower fund-raiser is set for Nov. 17

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The 13th annual Bowls for BrainPower fund-raiser is set for Thursday, Nov. 17 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 fundraiser supports BrainPower in a Backpack, a largely student-supported community service program providing weekend meals to preschool, elementary and middle school students in need. BrainPower, which is funded entirely with donations, currently sends food home with more than 700 children each weekend during the school year in District 191.

Like in past years, attendees of Bowls for BrainPower may make a free-will donation and pick out a handmade pottery creation. Each empty bowl is a reminder that children in our community face empty bowls every day. The event has raised more than $100,000 to support BrainPower in a Backpack since its inception in 2009. Participants can also donate via the Bowls for BrainPower website.

This year, there will also be a Best of Show Silent Auction, featuring 20 unique pottery items. The online silent auction runs Nov. 17-30.

Beautiful pottery creations made by community volunteers and District 191 students and staff will be on display at the event.  The goal this year is to raise more than $10,000. 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, District 191 Community Education Youth Services Program and District 191 elementary and middle school art teachers. BrainPower in a Backpack, which relies on Burnsville High School students and community volunteers, serves all District 191 preschool, middle and elementary schools  including Early Childhood Special Education and Early Childhood Family Education.

This year’s BrainPower and Bowls for BrainPower sponsors include: Burnsville High School; BHS Art Department; BHS Youth Services; District 191 Employees; District 191 Community Education; Burnsville Rotary Organizations; Cargill SALT/Ag Horizons; Eagan Foundation; Foundation 191; ALDI; Second Harvest; The Food Group; Dakota County Electric; Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op; Second Harvest Heartland; Spirit of Sharing; No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength; and Dakota County.

For more information about Bowls for BrainPower, go to or contact Pam Voigt at (612) 819-4404, or

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