Lemonade stand continues a legacy

TPS first graders keep alive one girl's dream
Apr. 30, 2013 @ 04:27 PM

Alexandra Scott proved how powerful a lemonade stand and a dream could be.

First grade students at Thomasville Primary School plan to continue her legacy.

Beginning on May 7, TPS first graders will hold a week-long lemonade stand on campus to raise money for a nonprofit inspired by Scott and her courageous battle with cancer. All proceeds will benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer.

"The students have really embraced it," said first grade teacher Megan Croke. "They know all about Alex and they're very aware of why we're doing this. It's all for a good cause."

In 2000, just months after receiving a stem cell transplant to treat her neuroblastoma, a 4-year-old Scott held her first lemonade stand in her hometown of Manchester, Conn., to raise money for doctors so they could "help other kids like they helped me." The inaugural event raised $2,000, but more importantly, inspired a movement that continues to benefit children with cancer today. Before Scott passed away in August 2004, the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation raised more than $1 million.

First graders have spent the past two months preparing the stand and perfecting their lemonade. The lemonade stand is part of a project-based learning activity that incorporates reading, social studies, writing and technology. Students will share their findings with other children from across the world using video conferencing and graphs of how much money is raised. First graders made their own animotos — web applications that produce videos from photos and music — to promote the project on YouTube.

"This is a perfect example of the use of technology as a learning tool," said Mike Ingram, TCS technology director. "They are using multiple technology resources that my department has worked hard on for several years to bring to our teachers. I hope that others will use this as a good example of how we can use technology to enhance student achievement."

Croke discovered the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation through the technology department and felt it was a project her students could embrace. In her three years at TPS, Croke has utilized the role technology plays in the classroom environment. TCS invested heavily in its technology infrastructure in recent years and the result is teachers now have access to an entire world of learning.

Though the use of video conferencing, Croke has taken her students to museums and aquariums from across the country without every having to leave the confines of her classroom.

"We don't have the money to go to these places," said Croke. "Many of my kids have never been to an aquarium or even the beach. [Technology] opens up so many doors and gives them so many opportunities."

First-grader Tamya Pettis said her grandfather passed away from cancer and she is excited by the chance to maybe make a difference in someone else's life.

"It feels good to help other people," Pettis said. "I learned about how other kids can survive with cancer. Its been a lot of work but I think we're all doing a good job." 

TPS' lemonade stand will run from May 7 to May 14 and will include baked goods and other treats. The stand is open to the public and will be held in the TPS courtyard.

Anyone interested in making a donation can visit tcsps.sharpschool.net.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.


NOTE: More photos are posted on the Thomasville Times Facebook page.