Erpenbeck Elementary students win award in 'Lemonade War'

Students raised money to fight childhood cancer
Posted at 5:21 PM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 17:42:55-04

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.