PHARR, Texas – Students from the Pathways Towards Independence Group was on hand to help with the Empty Bowls event. The group was sponsored through the PSJA ISD. They are a transition program for adult students with special needs. The students helped attendees of the Empty Bowls event feel welcomed. For the past several years the program has volunteered with the Food Bank of the RGV.

Veronica Quintana, Director – Pathways Towards Independence, “Part of what we do in the program is to ensure that our students graduate with job skills and employment. We have partnered with the Food Bank of the RGV for the last three years. Our students go out and do training there, they develop job skills.”

Ethan Linares, Pathways student, “Today we are here at Empty Bowls. We are working on helping the people and it should be a lot of fun.”

Quintana adds that this is an exciting day for the students because they get to showcase what they are learning.