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HMS Spring Fundraisers - Chicken BBQ & Servathon

HMS families support the school and their children's education in many ways including volunteering, attending school programs, helping their children with homework, paying tuition and helping in school fundraisers.  Tuition covers only 60% of education at HMS so we depend on donors and fundraisers for the rest!  Our goal is for each family to help raise $500 between our Christmas and Spring fundraisers.  So please consider how you can encourage friends and family to support your commitment to Christian education for your children through the HMS spring fundraising efforts! 

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Servathon 2017

The HMS Servathon's purpose is two-fold: 

  1. to reinforce HMS's core value of SERVICE as a teaching of Christ and as a gift to our neighbors & community, and
  2. to provide an opportunity for the community to respond in a way that subsidizes the cost of Christian education.  We invite family & friends to sponsor HMS students as they volunteer as classes in our community. 

Class participation in service projects gives us the opportunity to talk about service--one of our core values as a school!  Part of teaching what it means to be a Christian from an Anabaptist viewpoint is to highlight Christ's example of humble service and love towards all people.  We not only expect our students to learn to serve cheerfully, but we also expect us, as adults, to work with them and demonstrate servant hearts. Volunteers are needed to serve with each class and can sign up using Sign-up Genius (sign up will open on April 5, 2017).  

The fundraising component of the Servathon allows the community to get involved in the students' service and education. Families can request sponsorships directly from friends and neighbors. Or families can suggest names & addresses of potential sponsors and the school will take care of the rest!  Students write personal notes on the sponsor invitation letters to these friends and family members as part of their in-class writing work and the letters will be mailed out from the school.

Class Service Projects in 2017

Pre-K:               Plant flowers at HMS - Monday, May 1 & Tuesday, May 2 

Kindergarten:   Singing & delivering flowers to retirement communities
                       Mrs. Burkholder's Class: deliver flowers to Fairmount Homes resident - Tuesday, May 2
                       Mrs. Denlinger's Class: sing & hand out craft to Fairmount Homes residents - Thursday, May 4 
                       Mrs. Martin's Class: sing & hand out craft to Garden Spot Village residents - Monday, May 1

Grade 1:           Read and sing with residents at Garden Spot Village - Monday, May 1

Grade 2:           Pack relief kits & school kits at MCC's Material Resource Center - Tuesday, May 2

Grade 3:           Cleaning & outdoor work at Real Life Community Services, Denver - Monday, May 1

Grades 4 & 5:   Planting flowers & weeding at Landis Homes following GrandPals Writer's Tea - Friday, May 12

Grade 6:           Outdoor clean-up at Woodcrest Retreat, Ephrata - Monday, May 1

Grade 7:           work with residents at Garden Spot Village - Monday, May 1

Grade 8:           Outdoor work and clean-up at Greenview Bible Camp, Fivepointville - Monday, May 1


Chicken BBQ 2017 - Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This annual event causes mouths to water all around the county!  BBQing is headed up by a team of parents, with assistance from former patron Wilmer Hoover.  Parents Deb & Chad Burkholder take leadership in the planning and coordination.   

  • Tickets are available for Chicken HALVES only ($5) and for Chicken Dinners ($9)
  • Chicken dinners include:  chicken half, chips, roll, applesauce, coleslaw, cookie & drink
  • Pick-up at HMS from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Additional tickets are available by calling the HMS office at 717-354-7100 or emailing

Volunteer Opportunities 

This year parents will be able to schedule their volunteer support through Sign-up Genius.  

Parent volunteers are needed to serve with each class in their Servathon project. Classroom teachers will contact families about volunteering. 

Chicken BBQ volunteers are needed on Friday (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) to assist with set-up and to work with Middle School students in packaging dinner items.  Serving in the preparations for the Chicken BBQ is one of the many ways middle school students serve at HMS. 

Saturday BBQ volunteers will assist the BBQers (BBQing expertise is NOT necessary), bag chicken, fill orders, and provide general help. Volunteers are needed from 5 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

HMS also needs to borrow a number of large ice chests.  If you can loan one to the school, sign up on Sign-up Genius or email the office at


2017 Timeline & Due Dates

Monday, March 20:   Servathon Kick-off Assembly

Monday, April 3:       Gray Sponsor Sheet due to the office
                               Student permission forms for Servathon activities due 
                               Free HMS T-shirt size sheet due for any families providing 30 names & addresses on the Gray Sponsor sheet 

Wed., April 5:          Volunteer opportunities open on Sign-up Genius 

Week of April 10:     Students write Servathon letters as a part of in-class writing projects

Week of April 17:     Servathon sponsor letters mailed from HMS
                              Chicken BBQ order forms & unsold tickets due to office

Mon., April 24 & Tues., April 25: Macaroni & Cheese lunch with Ice Cream for those earning the reward

Wed., April 26:       Prize Day - students choose their rewards

Friday, May 5:       Chicken BBQ set-up & preparations

Saturday, May 6:   Chicken BBQ sale

May 1-12:             Servathon Project Weeks

Tues, May 30:       Field Day Celebration at Woodcrest Retreat if the $36,000 goal is met!  


Rewards & Celebrations!

Family Rewards:  EACH student in a family earns prizes based on the number of contact names/addresses returned per family! 
  • 10+ contacts, each student earns:
    • Free homemade Mac & Cheese lunch with ice cream 
  • 20+ contacts, each student earns:
    • Free homemade Mac & Cheese lunch with ice cream 
    • HMS Pick-A-Prize box including HMS Spirit Gear, earbuds, flexible flyers and more 
  • 30+ contacts, each student earns:
    • Free homemade Mac & Cheese lunch with ice cream 
    • HMS Pick-A-Prize box including HMS Spirit Gear
    • HMS T-shirt 

School-wide Celebration

If between the Chicken BBQ and Servathon, HMS raises $36,000 in revenue, there will be a school-wide DAY OF FUN at Woodcrest Retreat, including:  

  • Field games
  • Waterslide 
  • Water balloons 
  • Soft ice cream!  


Thank you for supporting Christian education at HMS through these fundraisers!