Damascus Middle School GATE Students Make Homemade Jam!

Four students stand beside ingredients for jam on a kitchen counter.On Wednesday, October 15, Damascus Middle School Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students made homemade blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry jams!  With more than forty pairs of hands at work, sponsor Mrs. Rhonda Mossholder had to have a system for task assignments.  

Students stemmed strawberries, mashed the berries, added the sugar (“lots of sugar,” according to one student), boiled the Sure-Jell, and then mixed it all into a smoothie consistency.  After a sampling, the students put the jam into jars and allowed it to jell for twenty-four hours.  Students could not agree on which was the best kind of jam; however, they did agree that all three flavors were delicious!  Making homemade jam gave these students the opportunity to experience one aspect of life in the Amish community, the focus of their GATE activities during the 2014-2015 school year.  Since the Amish are well-known for their jellies, jams, and preserves, the students discovered the work that must go into each batch the Amish make.  At the end of the year, students will have the chance to travel to Amish Country and hopefully sample some Amish-made jam to compare!

Contact Person: 
Valerie Cox