Christmas Fund Drive

A Community of Giving!

The 2023-2024 Christmas Fund Drive launched in November with a goal of $150,000!
Join hundreds of other supporters and make a gift here.

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.

EMS is commemorating its 75th year of the Christmas fund drive. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been supporters of this initiative. It is the dedication of both our students and the community who generously contribute that enables EMS to thrive. Your gifts helped our community feel strong through the experience of raising funds together. Read more about the history!

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!

Why do student leaders participate?


I want to be trained to be a good leader and helping the [EMS] community is good.

Dylan L.  6th Grade


I love to help the school in any way possible.  I have lots of connections...and would be fully invested. Thanks and looking forward to it!

Emilee S. - 8th Grade


To help out with the school and give back to the community.

Zach H. 10th Grade


I enjoy helping to serve my school community in this way and feel more passionate about helping when I get to be a part of the whole process.

Lili L. 11th 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.

Dorothy Shank with grandson Levi

Dorothy Shank, with her great-grandson Levi remembers, “EMHS helped to set the course of my life. I’ve had a very keen interest in what happens at EMHS, and I still believe in it. My prayer for my grandchildren and EMS students is that they grow up to be men and women of God, learning how to be followers of Jesus.”



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 2023-24

6th grade
Dylan Lin
Hazel Peachey
Connor Secrist
Nola Trotter

7th grade
Shaelynn Cline
Eli Halteman
Willow Kech
Wyatt Powell

8th grade
Cayden Curry
Emilee Shank
Ila Hackman
Simon Blosser


9th grade
GB Fairfield
Wendel King
Joel Rankin

10th grade
Fatima Erazo
Robert Garber
Mia Gredler
Zach Halteman

11th grade
Evan Belyea
Oliver Early
Lili Lehman
Bri Showalter

12th grade
Kyana Lehman
Chris Meixner
Mia Yoder