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Soup for Schools

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

Students, parents and administrators at a West Shore school are gearing up for a major fundraising effort that is part food sampling, part entertainment and part art auction.

Forest Charter School ” Creekside Cooperative is hosting their ninth annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser on April 11.

The public school’s students create homemade soup bowls that are given to guests when they arrive at the event.

Participants then fill their bowls, listen to music and participate in live and silent art auctions. The music is provided by local students.

This year guests will have the opportunity to sample a traditional Brazilian seafood chowder in their handmade bowl as well as other unique tropically-themed creations, said parent and chef Dawn Baehr.

Most of the catering will be done by the local chef and her husband Doug, owners and operators of the Uncommon Kitchen in Tahoe City. The South American soup called Vatapa will be prepared by another parent/chef, she said.

The event is the school’s largest fundraiser, hopefully raising $10,000 for the charter school, which also receives state and federal funding, said Camille Taylor, coordinator at Forest Charter School.

The money will directly fund the school’s enrichment programs which include classes in yoga, art, Spanish, gardening, cooking, skiing, problem solving and watershed education, according to Taylor.

Some of the proceeds of the fundraiser are also donated to Arts for the Schools and the Sierra Watershed Education Partnership.

The auction will include works from young artists that attend Tahoe Lake Preschool, A Plus, Hand in Hand Family Daycare, Tahoe Community Nursery School, and the Tahoe Mother’s Club.

Attendance has increased dramatically recently, Taylor said.

“This is a milestone attendance for the last 3 years,” she said.