The BIG Give was a BIG Success

The BIG Give was a BIG Success
Posted on 11/01/2016
PMMS Students worked on activity kits  with pre-school children.

The BIG Give was a BIG Success “We’re off to a great start with Muhlenberg’s Million Minutes of Service.”   Amanda Roller, Principal

Peter Muhlenberg Middle School students and teachers presented the school’s seventh annual BIG GIve on October 8, 2016.  More than one hundred students and many teachers participated in this event with outdoor activities happening as planned even though those volunteers got more than a  little wet!
“It was awesome to see the number of people who came out to support our Big Give,” said Amanda Roller, Principal of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.  “Service is such an ingrained part of our culture at Muhlenberg and serving others is a win-win endeavor.  It helps our community while providing a forum for students to make a difference. Our theme this year is "Be the Change!" and I can tell you that lots of PMMS students, staff, and their families are making change happen. We're off to a great start with our Muhlenberg Million Minutes of service.  So far this school year, we've totaled over 30,000 minutes of service, which is incredible!”


Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mark Johnston was able to visit the Big Give and noted that “. . .you sometimes hear from uninformed individuals about the challenges of today’s youth and the public schools. Events such as the Big Give show how much our students and staff have to offer our communities as today’s youth prepare to become tomorrow’s leaders in our community and in our nation. Great communities come from great schools, and the Big Give is a hallmark of this belief.”

Jennifer Jones, originator and coordinator of this community service event, reported these BIG Give accomplishments:  

Image result for Image of star bulletThe food stand raised over $250 that will be donated to the Furry Friends.

Food Stand


 Image result for Image of star bullet Adopt-a-Street team cleaned six streets in the pouring rain with a Woodstock Police escort.  Students thoroughly cleaned the SCPS Activity van after the Adopt-a-Street event. Front left - Alexis Bennett.  Front right  - Laniah Hoover.  Back left (hidden) - Majesta Good.  Back right - Claire Koontz.

Van Clearn-up after Adopt-a-Street


 Image result for Image of star bullet Working with the Town of Woodstock, students planted sixty trees in the Chapman subdivision

Studnets planted trees.

 Image result for Image of star bulletEight picnic tables were sanded and stained and will be used as another outdoor classroom for the school.  Photo (left to right):  Madison Lambert, Logan Lucas, Trey Grant, and Max Hoover
Painting picnic tables for outdoor classroom
Image result for Image of star bullet Students at the Woodstock Library and the PMMS Library read and crafted with preschool students. Photo:  Left to right: Brooke Loughry, Kelsey Hoskinson (partly hidden), Madison Conner (hidden) between Kelsey and her mom, Shelly Hoskinson (peach sweater), Unity Neff (at bookcase), Eve Manning, and 3-year old Elenor with her mom, Meredith Bauserman, science teacher at Central High School.

PMMS students do crafts with preschool children
Image result for Image of star bulletStudents painted walls in three teachers’ classrooms. Image result for Image of star bullet Students cleaned bathrooms; organized shelves; and painted, swept, mopped, dusted, cleaned out microwaves and refrigerators, and washed walls and baseboards at the Lighthouse Grocery in Woodstock and the Theater Shenandoah in Edinburg.
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 Angel Leith-Gsell cleans the weight room at the Lighthouse Grocery.
Image result for Image of star bullet Twenty children's activity kits were created. Activity Kit Know your Shapes 
 Activity Kit Counting  Activity Kit
 Puzzles  Activity kit

Image result for Image of star bulletEight personalized ceiling tiles were created for residents of Consulate Nursing Home.

Caden Harris

Caden Harris

Kathryn Hamman

                 Kathryn Hamman

Anniah Craun

Anniah Craun

Madalynn Martin

Madalynn Martin

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Image result for Image of star bulletStudents spent time visiting and crafting with the residents of Consulate.

Image result for Image of star bulletStudents played softball with students from the Challenge League and chatted over lunch.

Image result for Image of star bulletPMMS invited the community to donate non-perishable goods for the Lighthouse Grocery and pet food and supplies for Furry Friends.  


"I think it's important for students to find an appreciation and respect for the community they live in,”  commented Ms. Jennifer Jones, who teaches Civics and Economics at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. “My father worked in law enforcement, which gave me many opportunities to see firsthand the needs in my community. When I began to teach,  I realized many of my students didn't have those same opportunities and seemed very hesitant to volunteer.  I thought if I created a low risk environment, with the school as a safety net, students might be open to a new experience. Because Peter Muhlenberg has a supportive staff and administration, we were able to create a successful program called The Big Give with hundreds of students volunteering on and off the PMMS campus. My hope is that through this program, students will feel empowered to continue to make a positive impact on their community no matter where their lives take them.”

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Kathryn Hamman
 Anniah Craun  Madalynn Martin
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