This is the 17th year that TVMS seventh-grade students have participated in the Cookie Bake project. It was started in 2001 by Mrs. Lisa Thiry, who was a seventh-grade math teacher at the time.
Over the years, TVMS seventh-graders have baked, packaged and shipped literally tens of thousands of cookies to soldiers who are stationed overseas. Last year they baked and packaged more than 9,000 cookies!
This is an interdisciplinary activity in which students take a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and calculate the quantities of ingredients necessary for every seventh-grade student to mix a batch of cookies with a partner.
An army of parent and community volunteers assist the students with mixing the batter, portioning onto sheet trays and transporting them to our kitchen where our adult volunteers handle the baking process.
Once baked and cooled, the cookies are then packed to be sent to military members who are stationed abroad. Included with each box of cookies are letters that students write in their language arts classes.
The boxes are shipped with the assistance of Keystone Military Families with funds collected from selling cookie coupons to our fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade students. The coupons are redeemed on the day of the Cookie Bake for a fresh chocolate chip cookie.
This year’s Cookie Bake will be held Friday, Oct. 27. Students begin baking around 7 a.m. and wrap things up at 11 a.m. In that time, students rotate through a baking station, work on an art project and get an opportunity to listen and ask questions of soldiers (active and retired) who volunteer to come share their experiences.