KAUKAUNA, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Kimberly, Kaukauna and Little Chute school districts received donated school supplies through a mission-packed lemonade stand.
In early August, babysitter Missy Rusk told her children that if they wanted to run a lemonade stand they could, but they couldn’t keep the money to themselves.
The group decided together that they would use their profits to buy and donate school supplies to schools in the area.
“Their ideas just shocked me. I was like, WOW! Rusk said.
When people on Facebook caught wind of the lemonade stand, donations started pouring in.
“Lots of people donated, and lots of people donated money and school supplies because it was a good cause. They thought it was really good that we were doing this, ”said Jakob Bailey, one of Rusk’s grandsons.
The kids served lemonade from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., keeping busy all the time. A glass of lemonade cost 50 cents or free with a donation of school supplies.
In one day, the group raised $ 567 and acquired two boxes full of approximately $ 200 of school supplies.
The group divided it into three equal parts and donated it to the Kimberly, Kaukauna and Little Chute school districts.
“They said it’s just going to help so many kids, and with the madness of the world, they just don’t know who’s going to come to school that maybe has nothing,” Rusk said.
Holly Magness, Principal of Victor Haen Elementary School, said that each year the need for donated school supplies increases. 2020 also halted collections of school supplies, further increasing the need.
“We have a lot of kids in a lot of schools who really need these extra school supplies. They may come up with a few things, but they don’t have everything on the list, ”Magness said.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, about 13% of Wisconsin students are low-income and depend on given services.
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