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    Twin Valley 7th graders team up with Keystone Military Families for 17th Annual Cookie Bake Oct. 27

    Pictured from left are seventh-graders Evan Gould, Sam Schillermann, Sarah Miller, Kylee Wheatley and Alexa Duke, posing with a portion of donated supplies for Oct. 27 event.

    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.

    “This activity is a great example of an interdisciplinary community service project that involves the entire seventh-grade learning community, including parents and members of the Armed Forces, many of whom live in the school district,” said Dr. Jerry Catagnus, TVMS principal. “It has truly become a yearly ‘event’ for our staff and students. It is an honor for us to serve and connect with those who serve our country.”
    “This is the 17th year of our Cookie Bake project – each year it seems to get bigger and better,” said Jerry Wilczynski, seventh-grade math teacher. “This project serves as a small way that we as teachers and students can say thank you to those who protect and serve our country.  It also is a reminder that, in a time when we are surrounded by negative news, there are a lot of people who are doing good things to serve their communities.”

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