I’ve posted previously about the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Change Childhood Cancer fundraiser I’m doing at my daughters’ school. I wrote about the generosity of the children upon hearing Alex’s story, and about how less than two weeks after beginning the fundraiser, we had exceeded the modest $500 goal I set. There will be two more collections, on November 16 and November 30. I told everyone that the classroom that collected the most change would win a pizza party and yummy cupcakes with (of course!) yellow icing.
At the two-week mark, the second-grade class had collected around $180. The kindergarten-first grade class had collected a little over $187. Well, the competition is ON! A friend informed me that one of the second-grade parents was upset that the other class was ahead, so she put a $20 bill in the second grade jar. Well not to be outdone, the kindergarten/first-grade teacher put a $20 in their jar too!
What’s the point of this? Well, what started out as a little fundraiser for children’s cancer has turned into a battleground to raise the most money. And who wins? The children with cancer!
This fundraiser is teaching my daughters and their classmates several VERY valuable lessons:
1. Healthy competition is good.
2. Helping sick children is a cause worthy of such competition. And
3. Giving to those who are in need feels wonderful. Especially if it gets you pizza and cupcakes in the end!
I can’t wait to see how much money the kids (and their parents and teachers!) end up raising. The thought of being able to give a sizable sum to an organization that funds research into cures for childhood cancer is amazing!
So let the competition continue!