St. Francis Xavier students gathered on the school field on a scorching afternoon just before the summer break began to do some good for those in need around the world. 3rd and 4th graders organized into teams and researched a range of charities, and then created signage for lemonade stands in support of those causes. On May 30th, students in K-2 and 5th grades visited their lemonade stands, considered their compelling pitches, and made the difficult choice of which stand to support with their lemonade dollars. Parents supported the event by making lemonade and selling tickets the students used to exchange at the stands for their refreshments.
The idea for this philanthropic venture was born when noted author Jacqueline Davies paid a visit to St. Francis earlier this school year. Ms. Davies’ wildly popular series “Lemonade Wars” tells the story of Jessie and Evan, siblings who set up competing lemonade stands and learn a powerful lesson about unconditional love and the bond that makes brother-and-sister relationships unique. Ms. Davies visited SFX School as part of its One Author, One Community event that encourages community-wide reading of a text. The presentation also dovetailed with the school’s Respect Each Difference campaign that weaves messages of understanding and empathy into school dialogue.
Together, St. Francis students raised well over $700 that will be divvied up across over a dozen charities including Heifer International, Big Shoulders, and Ronald McDonald House. The best part of the day, some students shared, was enjoying a cold glass of lemonade outside on a hot and sunny day after an especially long Wilmette winter.