FLORENCE, Ky. – It was a sweet situation for students at a local elementary school in Boone County.
Erpenbeck Elementary School received an award Thursday after claiming victory in a national lemonade war through Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that raises money to fight childhood cancer.
Known as the “Erpenbeck Easy Squeezers,” their motto was “taking a stand against childhood cancer one cup at a time.”
Students raised $4,626 selling lemonade, hosting a community event and accepting donations online back in March.
“I was shocked because I thought we were going to get second place at the same as getting first place,” Natal Ibrahim, a third-grader said. “I didn’t know that we would raise $4,000. My goal was actually getting up to $3,000.
“When they said that we won first place, I started to scream because I was so happy,” Ibrahim said.
According to Michelle Roland, a third-grade teacher, it was important for students to take away the “power of one.”
“That one child can make a difference,” Roland said.
School officials say that the elementary plans to do the event again next year.