GRANITE CITY — Maryville Elementary second-grader Logan Strobe was happy to get a cup of cold lemonade on Sept. 30.
Every September, the school’s second-grade class puts together a lemonade stand to raise money for charity.
“We always pick a charity to donate the money and to kind of teach the kids to give back to the community,” said Darla Bremer, coordinator of the lemonade stand. “Anything is a good lesson to teach the kids that it’s always nice to give back.”
This year, the proceeds were donated to the family of Tray Turner, a Collinsville High School student who died on Sept. 22 from injuries from a fall at the school.
“As a staff, we talked about it and we think it would be a great idea to give back to his family,” Bremer said. “We don’t know what kind of costs they had. We don’t know if they had life insurance. But this is a tragedy and it wasn’t obviously something they planned for. It’s a small amount of money, but it’s something they can use to possibly pay for funeral expenses that they might need.”
Strobe, 7, was one of many students who visited the lemonade stand.
“I had fun,” he said.
Strobe was also one of many students who wore purple during the lemonade stand event in honor of the fallen student. He wore a Collinsville High School shirt, purchased the day before.
“Since we’re giving it to Collinsville, it’s ‘all wear purple’ day to try to bring the kids into it more,” Bremer said.
The second-grade class had its lemonade stand to coincide with that day’s reading story.
“We worked on the story all week,” Bremer said. “We started it on Monday and we do it on Friday.”
Members of the Maryville Parent Teacher Association helped serve the students lemonade.
“I liked to get it set up for all of the kids to come out since it correlates with the story that we were reading this week for second grade,” PTA Treasurer Staci Schaefer said. “Then, I just offered to get the PTA moms to come and help.”
Bremer said Maryville had a lemonade stand for several years.
“My co-worker Melissa Kimble and I started it over at Wilson School,” she said. “We thought it was a fun (thing) for the kids. Every little boy and girl grows up wanting to do a lemonade stand. When we read the stories, we thought, ‘How fun this would be, with the kids actually getting to do a lemonade stand here at school?’”
This year’s stand raised $750. Bremer said in the past, the event has raised between $400 and $500.
“You’re talking about kids bringing a quarter,” she said. “Usually, we don’t make it too much money. We try to make it within the kids’ reach. Some of the other schools bring as much as $5. I think we had one student who suffered a tragedy of her own within her family this year who brought in $20.”
Bremer said Kimble came up with the idea of raising the money for Turner’s family.
“We thought it would be a nice thing to bring our communities together and let these kids give back to the community somehow,” she said.