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.