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Serving Up Lemonade For Childhood Cancer Research

Second graders at Fallon Middle School raised money for childhood cancer research.

Second graders at Fallon Middle School proved that a simple glass of lemonade can make a big difference.

The students sold cups of lemonade during recess last week for $1 and raised $355 for cancer research.

"These 7-year-olds are so excited to not only be philanthropists but actually get to be a part of a fundraising team," said teacher Michelle Stanchina.

The event was held for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

According to the website, "Lemonade Days first began in 2004 when pediatric cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott announced that she wanted to raise $1 million for childhood cancer research through her lemonade stand." This started a national movement to help Alex reach her goal with volunteer-run Alex’s Lemonade Stands taking place across the country.

Although Alex died that summer, she had reached her goal with the help of others, notes the website devoted to the charity.

Volunteers continue Alex's legacy, including during Lemonade Days, when thousands of volunteers -- like the second graders at Fallon -- host stands over the course of three days in an effort to raise $1 million.

"It's been really positive, the students enjoy doing something," said teacher Michelle Wigland.

"Many families can identify with cancer."Supplies for the lemonade sale were provided by parents and staff."

As part of our second-grade curriculum we emphasize their civic duty to others and they are truly embracing what we are teaching them and striving to make a difference," said Stanchina.

One by one, kids lined up during recess throughout the week to buy their cup of lemonade despite the rainy, cold weather.

"It's for cancer," one second-grader said to her classmate as she waited in line.

Those three words are a reminder that although these students haven't entered the third grade yet, they're already making a big difference. 

For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, click here.

Kami Foley June 07, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Words can not express how truly touched our family is by the level at which the staff, students, and families at Fallon School have consistently gone above and beyond! We have been blessed to have been a part of such a community. When our daughter, Kourtney, was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma this last December everyone at Fallon quickly sought out ways to make her feel loved and cared for. And I must say....you, Fallon, have done an amazing job! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to do what you do best.
Nancy Chazen June 09, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Thank you to Fallon's 2nd grade teachers for thinking of and organzing this event! My 2nd grade daughter loved being a part of this - and had so much fun doing something for such a good cause!

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