Students and faculty teamed up with Milliken & Co. employees recently to complete a community service project.
44 volunteers from Milliken spent an afternoon at the Cleveland Academy of Leadership working with students to make ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Project. The effort, coordinated by the Chapman Cultural Center, raises money to fight hunger.
Wade Nottingham has been with Milliken in Spartanburg for 26 years. He said working with a room full of elementary school students was intimidating at first, but the intimidation wore away as the joy of the experience soon took over.
“It’s a very good feeling,” he said. “It just makes you feel good.”
Nottingham worked with second-grader Shawn Carolina to smooth out a bowl design for their ceramic bowl.
“I like getting to decorate and send it to be heated up so it gets harder,” Shawn said as he put the finishing touches on his bowl.
Milliken volunteers worked with shifts of students. As one shift of students left the school’s cafeteria, sharing high-fives and hugs with their partners, the next shift of students arrived and started to work.