Lemonade for food

Fort Craig third-graders raise funds for food bank

Students at Fort Craig Elementary raised $700 for an area food bank the tasty way - one cup of lemonade at a time.

The three third grade classes of Libby Hurst, Jill Owens and Andy Howe raised the money on May 5, 6 and 7th at the school. “We gave the money to the food bank at Fairview Methodist church,” Hurst said of the more than $700 the students raised.

Teachers at Fort Craig are encouraged to show students ways they can help others. “We try to do a community service project every nine weeks,” said Hurst. “We try to give back to the community, and we’re trying to raise our kids to be responsible citizens.”

Hurst said the idea of having a lemonade stand came from a novel they were reading called “The Lemonade War.” The story was about two kids who made a lemonade stand and competed in their neighborhood. It struck a chord with the Fort Craig third graders. “We thought it would be a perfect tie-in,” Hurst said.

The students made signs and promoted the three-day lemonade stand event and sold the lemonade during recess and when parents picked up students after school.

“We asked for 50 cents a glass, and some parents gave $5 bills, and some would make a straight donation,” Hurst said.

Hurst said the students were excited each day to count the money and when all was done, a representative from the church showed up during the school’s “Family Gathering” weekly assembly.

Some of the students took the lessons they learned from the fundraiser home. “They took that idea and sold lemonade in their neighborhoods,” Hurst said.

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