Meadowbrook Christian School Challenge for the James Pollock in God We Trust Museum

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 02/16 2014 04:36PM

Updated 02/19 2014 12:37PM

Meadowbrook Christian School, Milton PA, has launched a statewide challenge to raise money for the “James Pollock In God We Trust Museum” in Milton. The school has invited 150 other Christian schools across Pennsylvania to participate in the “James Pollock Penny Challenge.”  The schools are asked to select a week before March 30 to hold a school-wide penny challenge, also known as penny wars. All funds collected by each school will benefit the future museum, which is expected to open in 2015.

At each school, within classes or homerooms, the challenge is to compete among themselves to collect the most pennies in jars. However, silver coins or currency which can be put in jars by competing classes or homerooms, count as negative points. All of the funds collected at each school are to be forwarded before April 20th . There will be awards for the top three schools that raise the most funds and will be recognized during the 150th In God We Trust Anniversary Celebration in Milton to be held on April 27th, 2014.

Congress approved placing the motto on U.S. coins in 1864 through the efforts of then Director of the U.S. Mint James Pollock, of Milton. Pollock also served as Pennsylvania Governor 1855 – 1858. “In God We Trust” became the National Motto in 1956 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The museum, located  in the former Milton National Bank,  is being created by T.I.M.E. – The Improved Milton Experience, which oversees Milton Main Street Program. The approximately 6,000 square foot museum  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.
According to Milton Main Street Manager, George Venios, the museum is expected to be a statewide and nationwide draw to Central Pennsylvania.
(Thank you to Beth George- Director of Advancement and Community Relations Meadowbrook Christian School for the information )

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