The Times West Virginian

April 9, 2014

Monongah students run lemonade stand to help animals

By Chelsi Baker
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — Monongah Elementary School students are helping their community this week by serving lemonade.

Lee Anne Burton’s second-grade class, with the help of student teacher Taylor Myers, organized a lemonade and snack stand Tuesday, today and Thursday to raise money that will be donated to Pet Helpers. They sold lemonade, apples, grapes and oranges to all the grades at Monongah Elementary, and everything was 50 cents.

Burton ran a successful lemonade stand with one of her previous classes, and she and Myers purchased supplies as their contribution to the cause.

They bought nearly 6 gallons of lemonade, and the stand ran out before all the grades had a chance to buy some.

Myers is required to do a community involvement project to add to her teaching portfolio before she graduates in May, and she decided to work with students to benefit Pet Helpers.

“I’ve actually fostered some animals for Pet Helpers and done some stuff with them, so I was really excited,” she said.

A Pet Helpers representative brought three dogs to the class and spoke to students about the organization.

“The kids just went nuts,” Myers said. “They loved it. They just thought it was the coolest thing ever, so I know that helped. They all were like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna bring in money and we’re gonna help the animals!’”

To help the animals, children made posters to advertise the lemonade stand and put them up all over the building. They will also take turns throughout the week, with a little help from Myers, taking money and serving the items.

They formed an assembly line, and each student had a responsibility, either handing out one of the fruits, scooping ice or pouring and handing out lemonade.

“I think it teaches them responsibility,” said Myers. “We’ve been talking about responsibility. We’ve been talking about communities, so they’ve been learning to fundraise and do things like that. They have also learned how to be a good citizen — what to do in their communities to be a good citizen.”

As of the end of Tuesday, they had sold 115 cups of lemonade, 62 grapes, 25 apples and 20 oranges, which raised $111 for their cause.

That was just their first day. They have two more days to raise funds.

The class will work together to tally up their total sales for each day, and they will create a bar graph to show their results and see which day brought in the most proceeds.

The students had fun selling treats to their friends and working to help the Pet Helpers organization, said second-grader Lydia Collins.

“The dogs get to get food and stuff for themselves from the money,” she said.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.