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Students and The Village at Heritage Point residents paint bowls

By Ann Keaton  |  2/18/2017

Residents of The Village at Heritage Point joined students at Brookhaven Elementary on Friday to forge new friendships and give back to the community.

Village at Heritage Point brought about 10 residents to Brookhaven. They joined about 50 kids in the after-school program to paint bowls for Empty Bowls, with help from the WOW! Factory.

Wilma Sternthal, executive director of The Village at Heritage Point, said the facility partnered wtih Brookhaven in the past and also donates homemade soup to Empty Bowls each year.

"This year, we thought we would take it a step further and do an intergenerational activity," Sternthal said, so she contacted the WOW! Factory to provide the materials.

Dina Muttillo, co-owner of the WOW! Factory, said the business has been working with Empty Bowls for about seven years.

"This is really special. We’ve never done an intergenerational bowl painting, so this is the first of its kind," Muttillo said. "The kids look like they’re having a great time. They get to be a little creative, and they’re giving back to the community."

Empty Bowls Monongalia hosts a soup and bread luncheon every February to raise money for local meal programs and food pantries in Monongalia County. This year’s meal is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25, at Mylan Park.

Hand-painted bowls are donated by artists, students and community groups for attendees to take home. Dean Hancox, a resident of The Village at Heritage Point, said the kids clearly got a kick out of painting the bowls, and he enjoyed working with them.

"This is a lot of fun. This is my first year to do this," he said, adding that he moved to the area from Maryland in 2015. The Village at Heritage Point is an independent living and assisted care facility for seniors, locat-ed near Mon Health Medical Center.