Feeding the Hungry

Classroom Connections
Travis, Mark, and Andy at St. Michael's
Many graduates of the Klingenstein Center Master's program will remember the "Creating Value" project in Negotiations.  Each member of your group receives $1 and the goal is to leverage that money to create as much values as you can.  Inspired by this project, an unlikely partnership between a Czech potter and teachers from Atlanta, Connecticut, and Florida, helped to feed the homeless in New York City.  

Mark Boswell, Travis Cooper, and Andy Carr, in the 2015-2017 Two-Summers Program cohort turned their $3 pool of funds into $300 for the Saturday Kitchen & Pilgrim Resource Center at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.  Travis Cooper, one member of the group spent his Saturdays mornings during his two six-week stints at Teachers College volunteering at the Saturday Kitchen, feeding the homeless when most graduate students might still be catching up on sleep. Travis's passion inspired his group to find a way to support St. Michael's mission for their negotiation class project in 2015.

Traveling through the basement of Macy Hall after class, the group stumbled upon the ceramics studios, where they met Stepanka, who was creating beautiful bowls, platters, and works of art.  They offered Stepanka their $3 for a piece of her work, with the idea that they would raffle it with the proceeds going to St. Michael's Saturday Kitchen. The class project was completed, but a beautiful partnership was born.  Group members stayed in touch with Stepanka, assisted her in setting up a website, and looked forward to reconnecting when they returned to campus for their second summer in the Klingenstein Master's Program.

This summer, inspired to continue their work, Stepanka donated 20 pieces of her work for a second raffle which took place on the last day of classes at Teachers College for the 2015-2017 cohort.  This raffle, along with some outright donations from the students, raised $300 for the Saturday Kitchen.  Mark Boswell wrote to his classmates, "We've all done a lot together in the short time that we've known each other, and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of such a caring/incredible group. Thank you for helping to solidify the idea that [Klingenstein students] really do care!"  

Learn more about the Saturday Kitchen, about Stepanka's work, and about the Two-Summers Master's Program.

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