Deal Island Elementary School fourth and fifth grade math and science teacher Kolby Noble was looking for a novel she could read during math class, since it's probably rare for students to be exposed to that type of literature. She said, "I chose "The Lemonade War" by Jacqueline Davies, which was a story about a brother and sisters battle to beat each other in raising money in lemonade stands, There was a focus on financial literacy which is something my students also needed more exposure to. Mostly, though, I got on board because we all know and love people affected by cancer and it was the perfect opportunity to honor them as well as teach my students empathy and giving back.
Her fourth and fifth grade students were the ones who read the book and participated in most of the money raising, but as always the entire school and staff always supported us through casual days, lemonade stands, and bake sales. Many community members gave huge donations...some we knew, some were complete strangers. We definitely couldn't have raised $4,000 without everyone's support.
The students students will win a visit from the author of the Lemonade War as well as one of the parents of "alex", founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. We will also get a set of the Lemonade War series.
in January we held a cadual day, February was a bake sale, and in March my 4th and 5th boys and girls had a "war". They each collected donations in various ways and both raised more than $1,000 just in March. Of course there were lemonade stands scattered throughout the course of the fundraising from January to April."
Director of Schools Tracie Bartemy said, "I think it's wonderful what Ms Noble is modeling for her students. She is showing children how to make a difference and the importance of community and giving to others. Ms. Noble is helping others know resiliency. She's showing children how set backs in life can be overcome."