7th & 8th Grade East Coast Trip

Seventh- and eighth-graders have the option to participate in the East Coast trip every other year. Dates, costs, and a sample itinerary are given to students at the beginning of their sixth or seventh grade year. Detailed information and plans for fundraising to defray some of the expenses are planned in the spring and fall. Sites such as the Washington Monument, the White House, Arlington Cemetery, Gettysburg and New York City are just a few of the amazing places students experience during their trip.

To learn more about this special trip, please see the FAQs updated June 2019

Trip Information

Trip dates: April 29-May 5, 2023

HLS East Coast Trip 2023

2022-23 Fundraising Letter

Trip Handbook

Trip Invite

Track Snack Bags Order Form

Track Season to-go SNACK PACKS for all AWAY track meets:  Is your child running track?  Track meets are LONG events, and the kids get hungry.  Let us take care of providing a snack for your athlete at the track meet.  Snack Packs will be available for all of the away track meets.  (The home track meet will have a concession stand available).  Order forms are available on the 7th/8th Grade East Coast Trip website.  Please fill out the order form and return to the office by April 26th.  Let’s go Eagles!

Mother’s Day Fundraiser

It’s never too early to start planning for your Mother’s and Special Other’s Day on May 14th! Why not take the guesswork out of the perfect gift? Show your appreciation to the special women in your lives and help Hope students at the same time!

Hope Lutheran School is partnering with local businesses Bakery Nouveau and Market vendor, Friendly Hmong Farms, to offer chocolates and flowers for Mother’s Day!

Fill out the order form that was sent home in the yellow envelope, or click the link here.

Funds raised go toward the East Coast trip for Hope’s 7th and 8th grade students. Thank you for your support!

Spaghetti Dinner ECT Fundraiser 

Let us do the cooking!  Please join Friends and Classmates for a delicious dinner before you visit classrooms with your student at the Academic Fair.  We will offer a spaghetti dinner starting at 6pm on April 25 in the Hope Fellowship Hall.  Advanced tickets are available for purchase now at this link

East Coast Trip Volunteers:

As the school year begins, we will also begin our fundraising efforts for students traveling on the East Coast Trip.  Families who work volunteer hours at our fundraising events will earn funds towards their student’s trip!  We have events scheduled throughout the school year.  Our current list of events include: weekly Pizza Lunch on Fridays, Holiday Wreath Sales (Nov.), Concession Stands (at home volleyball, basketball and track events), Mother’s/Special Loved One’s Day Flowers and Chocolate (May), and a LEST Kick-Off Spaghetti Dinner (Feb.)  

To volunteer please visit the SignUp Genius Link: East Coast Trip Volunteer Sign-Up.  We have tried to create volunteer opportunities to work with your schedule.  Some activities can be done from home (coordinating events, data entry, creating forms and signs), some on evenings and weekends, and some during the lunch hour on Fridays.  The list of volunteer needs is long, so please take your time and look through all of it to find items that will work into your schedule. Our first event will begin at the start of school.  Can you help fill any of the remaining volunteer spots supporting our Friday Pizza Lunches?

Please keep track of any hours that you work towards fundraising, and submit them to Mrs. Kunkel (the ECT Treasurer). She will track the hours and then provide reimbursement to all families who volunteered at these events (based on the number of hours worked).  The more hours you volunteer, the more funds you will earn to reimburse for your child’s trip expenses.  

Lastly, we have one more fundraising opportunity available that is currently undecided.  Do you have any ideas on a fundraising event?  If so, the last sign-up slot on the list is a place for you to put your suggestion.  You can also email the fundraising co-chairs, Wendy Stordahl and Cathy Follis with any questions or suggestions!

Thank you so much!
Cathy Follis: dr_catherine@hotmail.com
Wendy Stordahl:  wendyhuds@yahoo.com

Tracking Volunteer Hours

To track your volunteer hours, we will be using the website/app CLOCKIFY this year.  You will be receiving an invite via email to join our ECT Fundraising Group on Clockify.  Please accept that invitation and get familiar with the site.  Here are some steps to help you record your hours.  Any hours not entered into Clockify will NOT be counted for reimbursement at the end of our fundraising period.  


1.  Accept the invite email sent to your email from Clockify

2.  Create a LogIn or Continue with Google

3.  Click on Time Tracker on the left side of the screen on Clockify.com

4.  Enter What Have You Worked On? and select the Project to choose the project.  Then, fill in the Date (the calendar icon) and Times you worked.  You can count hours for more than one adult at the same event (but not the children).  

5.  Click Add

Remember, if you have not recorded your volunteer hours on Clockify, they will not be counted towards reimbursement at the end of our fundraising.  


To receive reimbursement for supplies needed for a fundraising event, please fill out the this form and a copy of your receipt to the office.  I will send a check home with your child (or leave in the office), as soon as I am able.  Thank you for your help in making this fundraising effort successful.  

Feel free to reach out to me with any treasurer related questions.  I will do my best to help you find the answer.

Sara Kunkel


Fundraising Proposal Form

If you have a fundraiser that you feel would be a good fit for the Washington D.C. enrichment program, please fill out this form and submit to the school office. All fundraisers MUST be approved first by the Principal. Please allow at least 30 days for approval.

Fundraising Proposal Template May 2019

Fundraising Guidelines 2021 trip

Proceeds benefit the Hope Lutheran Middle School Washington D.C. enrichment program.