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  • Jordan Feldstein

🍋✨From Lemonade Stand to Local News: My Red Nose Day Adventure in 5th Grade

I wanted to share an incredible experience I had that involved a lemonade stand, fundraising, and a whole lot of fun! At my elementary school, we have this awesome yearly fundraiser where each class competes to raise the most money for Red Nose Day. If you don't know, Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising campaign that uses entertainment to raise money to support ending child poverty and ensuring children are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered. The class with most money, gets to pie teachers in the face. This year, I was determined to win that prize!

It all started on Thursday May 16th, 2019 at 9pm the night before school when I decided to set up a lemonade stand in my neighborhood to raise funds for Red Nose Day. I printed out little slips of paper with my home address, date, and time, started cutting them out, and went to bed. The next morning I got to school early and started passing out the slips to my 5th Grade class. Not all could make it, as I was only 10 and didn't know what planning in advance was. That whole weekend I was so excited for Sunday, and got big posters to hold up during the event.

My classmates arrived at my house and the Lemonade stand was in production. We sold so much lemonade, food, and had music playing the entire time. All my friends were there and we had the best time ever. By the end of the day, we had raised an impressive $581 just from my classmates alone. But the excitement didn't end there. A van drove up to my house, and I was in shock when I read the side of the car. News 12 my local news station was coming to interview me about the lemonade stand. Our story was featured on the 10 PM news that night! It was such an honor to be able to share our efforts with the community and spread awareness about Red Nose Day.

The next day, Monday, was our big Red Nose Day celebration at my elementary school. The day was filled with excitement as we danced to music and wore our red noses. The teachers were wearing matching t-shirts, and the whole school was wearing red. Jodi Zambell, my brothers second-grade teacher at our school, organized the school event, making sure everything ran smoothly. She even helped me with my lemonade stand, by giving me ideas and tips to bring even more fun.

In the end, we sadly didn't win the competition between all the classes at my school. My class was so bummed but we were all in shock on how we didn't win. But because of my lemonade stand, and my class' effort to come together, we were able to get the prize as well. We were cheering and screaming so loud, we were so excited to pie the teachers in the face. Later that day the whole school went outside to watch us, and I was able to pie my principal in the face.

It was a day filled with laughter, joy, and most importantly, making a difference in the lives of others. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful cause, being able to bring people together, and to have the support of my classmates, teachers, and community.


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