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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 2018

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 teachers will contact parents with information on serving together. 

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 2018

Pre-K:               Plant flowers at HMS - Wednesday, May 2 & Thursday, May 3

Kindergarten:   Delivering flowers & craft gifts to retirement communities
                       Mrs. Burkholder's Class: deliver flowers to Fairmount Homes resident - Friday, May 4
                       Mrs. Martin's Class: sing & hand out craft to Garden Spot Village residents - Thursday, May 3

Grade 1:          Read and sing at retirement communities
                       Mrs. Denlinger's Class: program for Fairmount Homes residents - Monday, April 30
                       Mrs. Horst's Class: read & sing to Garden Spot Village residents - Monday, April 30

Grade 2:           Pack relief kits & school kits at MCC's Material Resource Center - Thursday, May 3

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

Grades 4 & 5:   Planting flowers & weeding at Landis Homes following GrandPals Writer's Tea - Friday, May 11

Grade 6:           Outdoor clean-up at Woodcrest Retreat, Ephrata - Monday, April 30

Grade 7:           to be determined - Monday, April 30

Grade 8:           Outdoor work and clean-up at Greenview Bible Camp, Fivepointville - Monday, April 30

Venture Prog.:  Warehouse work at MCC's Material Resource Center - Tuesday, May 1


Chicken BBQ 2018 - Saturday, May 5, 10 am-1:30 pm

This annual event causes mouths to water all around the county! 

BBQing is headed up by a team of parents led by Chad Burkholder, 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 am-1:30 pm
    (BBQing will happen at Martindale Fire Company this year. All packaging, preparations, sales & pick-ups will happen at the school.) 
  • Additional tickets are available by calling the HMS office at 717-354-7100 or emailing

Volunteer Opportunities 

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

For the Chicken BBQ preparations & serving, parents can schedule their volunteer time through SignUp Genius beginning April 4, 2018.  

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. BBQing will happen at Martindale Fire Company. 

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


2018 Timeline & Due Dates

Wed., March 21:       Servathon Kick-off Assembly (for 8th grade, Tuesday, March 20)

Tuesday, April 3:      Gray Sponsor Sheet due to the office
                               Student permission forms for Servathon activities due 

Wed., April 4:          Volunteer opportunities open on Sign-up Genius 

Week of April 9:     Students write Servathon letters as a part of in-class writing projects

Week of April 16:     Servathon sponsor letters mailed from HMS
                              Chicken BBQ order forms & unsold tickets due to office

Mon., April 23 & Tues., April 24: Ice Cream Sundaes & extra recess for those earning the reward

Wed., April 25:         Prize Day - students choose their rewards

Friday, May 4:          Chicken BBQ set-up & preparations

Saturday, May 5:      Chicken BBQ sale

April 30-May 11:        Servathon Project Weeks

Monday, June 4:       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:
    • Ice Cream Sundae & Extra Recess 
  • 20+ contacts, each student earns:
    • Ice Cream Sundae & Extra Recess 
    • HMS Pick-A-Prize box including HMS Spirit Gear, earbuds, flexible flyers and more 
  • 30+ contacts, each student earns:
    • Ice Cream Sundae & Extra Recess 
    • HMS Pick-A-Prize box including HMS Spirit Gear
    • NEW! HMS Duffel Bag - new style! Blue with white imprint 

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 
  • And provided picnic lunch!  


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