Christmas Fund Drive

A Community of Giving!

The 2022 Christmas Fund Drive launched November 22 and raised more than $162,000 by January 20, 2023!

Community is our theme this year and it also describes the people who make EMS possible through giving generously. Your gifts helped our community feel strong through the experience of raising funds together.

Since 1948 students have led the drive. Funds raised during this drive support our 2nd Century Fund, making up the difference between tuition investments and the actual cost of an EMS education. The fund also supports financial aid for many students, making the EMS experience possible for more families.

When you give, you join more than 600 generous donors who give annually to the drive to support faculty and staff, student financial aid, and other mission-supporting efforts.

Thank you for responding warmly to students who invite you to support their personal goals for the drive!


goal will include some VDOE-restricted contributions 

Meet some of our student leaders!

6th Grade Student

I want to help lead the drive because the school has done so much for me and my family. - Zach P.  6th Grade

7th Grade Student

[This is a] great leadership experience for me, I love to get closer with my fellow school friends and to grow my connection with faculty and staff - Layla V.  7th grade

10th Grade Student

I like having opportunities to help to make it fun for others and it’s a good way to give back. - Lili L.  10th grade

12th Grade Student

I enjoy connecting with various people and the leadership experience. This fund drive means a lot for me, raising money... enables me to attend EMS, and I may not be here without it. - Quinn S.  12th grade

She loves writing those postcards!  We both are advocates of causes and communities that we believe in – EMS is among those at the top of our list. I love how much she cares about being a student at EMS.  She feels valued, connected, and respected for who she is.  Thanks for your part in helping to shape and steward the values of the EMS community.
- Joe Hackman, Current parent

postcard text form Ila

Why did you give?

"We continue to give because we want other students to have the same experience at EMS that our son did."
Mother of '93 alum.

My kids are so happy to be attending EMS! They love being able to be with their friends. It makes a big different for them to have interactive learning which gives them a sense of community and support." -Melinda, 6th and 9th grade parent.


EMS is a truly unique place and such important, lifegiving things are happening there. It’s a privilege to be able to offer what support we can. Thank you for all you do to enable the success of the school. - Parent of alumni children and board member

Why do students get involved and supporters give?

Students play a game for the chapel launch of the drive

The drive builds community and relationships. These 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students play a game together for the chapel launch of the drive.

Jerry Kauffman

Jerry Kauffman '81 shared why he gives.

  1. EMHS taught him to figure out what he believed and articulate why.
  2. A desire to pay it forward.
  3. Views a gift as an investment in students he may never meet!



9th grade service at Hillandale Park, photo courtesy Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

Students grow in their understanding of stewardship -- one of our faith practices. Our culture of generosity includes service days, recognizing our own gifts, and finding ways to bless others.

Student Leaders 2022-23

6th grade
Everett Brubaker
Eli Halteman
Zach Powell
Elena Shoemaker
Charlotte Simmons
Samantha Suderman

7th grade
Eve Bixler
Simon Blosser
Teo Diener
Annabelle Lehembre
Kaidence Swartzentruber
Layla von Arnswaldt

8th grade
Simon Dula
BG Fairfield
Avery Lickey


9th grade
Samuel Castaneda
Kat Kolondinsky
Samara Katz

10th grade
Lili Lehman
Miranda O-Neill
Adam Rhodes
Bri Showalter

11th grade
Karinna Fink
Kyana Lehman
Mia Yoder

12th grade
Steve Kim
Andrew Lantz
Quinn Spitzer