Second graders raise $13,000 for cancer cause
The second-grade classes at Sardis Elementary School have raised more than $13,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand over the past eight years.
On Monday morning, the kids got to meet and speak with Liz Scott, co-executive director of Alex's Lemonade Stand and Alex Scott's mother.
Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer, shortly before her first birthday. When she was four years old, after receiving a stem cell transplant, she told her mother that she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise money for doctors helping other children fight cancer.
In their first year, they raised $2,000 for her hospital and continued to hold a yearly lemonade stand fundraiser in the family's front yard.
Alex Scott, the founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand, died in 2004 at the age of eight, having raised more than $1 million for cancer research in four years of lemonade stands.
Her family continued holding lemonade stand fundraisers and the nonprofit is now a national fundraising organization.
Jennifer Cooper, a second-grade teacher at Sardis Elementary, began organizing a yearly lemonade stand eight years ago after her parents gave her a copy of "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand," written by her parents and Alex Scott. She decided to start a stand in the school for her second-grade students.
This year, when she contacted the organization, they responded and wanted to set up a Skype conversation between Scott and the second-grade students.
It was very special and "incredible," Cooper said.
The students gathered in the media center to listen to Scott and ask questions. Before spring break, the students read "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand" so they would understand the story behind their lemonade stand.
"They were so excited, they were absolutely thrilled," Cooper said.
Scott talked about her daughter and their foundation, Cooper said. She expressed her gratitude for their support and talked about what the money they raised is used for.
Next week, the students will be holding their lemonade stand fundraiser. The cups and lemonade are all donated, Cooper said. If anyone in the community would like to help, they can write a check to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and drop it off or mail to it Sardis Elementary. They can also call the school to possibly schedule a pick-up.