College of the Mainland students in George Bowes’ art class learned more than just ceramics this semester. They also discovered how one person can make a difference.

Inspired by the Galveston County Food Bank’s work in the community, Bowes pitched an idea to his students—creating “food banks” to raise money for the food bank.
They got excited. During the semester, students created cupcakes, bacon strips, strawberries, pears and other glazed creations.
Students then contacted local businesses about placing the banks at their locations along with a sign explaining their project.
The response was overwhelmingly positive. More than two dozen banks have been placed throughout Galveston County to collect coins—each dollar raised will provide four meals for families in need.
Bowes enjoys teaching his students about art—and the difference one person can make.
“I wanted them to realize they could make something and keep it and still raise money for a good cause,” he said.