“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
The students of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock, Virginia, have adopted this Winston Churchill quote as their mantra. Earlier this month, students participated in their school’s fourth annual Big Give—which challenges them to give back to their community through volunteering or other methods. An avid hiker in Shenandoah National Park, eighth grader Zachary Stewart designed a custom t-shirt (front: “Run, Forest, Run! Too Bad They Can’t”; back: “Save Our Forests”), which he sold to students, faculty, family and friends. This budding entrepreneur sold 45 shirts and directed his profits—which his family matched—to the Trust.
Zack’s favorite things about Shenandoah? “The views are spectacular, the camp sites and trails are great, and the forest is teeming with wildlife. I can’t think of a better way to exercise, and it also gives you a great chance to get away from it all and see things you can’t see anywhere else.”