The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 16, 2014

Valley school coins pennies fundraiser for Milton museum

MILTON — A Valley school is launching a statewide challenge to raise money for Milton’s “In God We Trust” museum, which is expected to open in 2015.

Meadowbrook Christian School, Milton, is inviting 150 other Christian schools across Pennsylvania to participate in the “James Pollock Penny Challenge” by picking a week before March 30 to hold a schoolwide penny challenge, with all funds benefiting the “In God We Trust” museum in downtown Milton.

The school that raises the most money will be declared winner of the challenge, said Milton Main Street Manager George Venios, whose organization, The Improved Milton Experience, is creating the museum.

In the challenge, classes compete to collect the most pennies in jars. Silver coins, however, which can be put in jars by anyone, count as “negative points.”

“The idea is for them to do (a challenge) amongst themselves ... then statewide, it’s a matter of who has the best penny war wins,” Venios said. “So the bigger, better penny war you have,” the better a school will fare.

Meadowbrook will be hosting a penny challenge March 24-28, said Beth George, the school’s advancement and community relations director.

The “In God We Trust” museum will be located in the former Milton National Bank on South Front Street.

Organizers have been mapping out the 6,000-plus-square-foot museum, which will include four galleries: The Lincoln Gallery, featuring a coin collection, Civil War memorabilia and more; the Pollock Gallery, which will include Pollock memorabilia; the Eisenhower Gallery, which will include religious, patriotic and early Cold War memorabilia; and a basement gallery, which will be the re-creation of a fallout shelter.

T.I.M.E. recently began a $150,000 capital campaign to cover the costs of the building acquisition and related expenses.

Meadowbrook came up with the idea of the penny challenge and T.I.M.E. thought it was a great way to get people from across Pennsylvania involved in the effort to preserve history, Venios said.

“Meadowbrook has been very active with the T.I.M.E. organization,” Venios said.

The school values being able to give back to Milton, George said.

“I think it’s a great way for us to get involved with our local community,” she said. “Our community is important to us.”


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