At the area track meet, students sell and buy lemonade to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Left to right: Ted Antczak, Alex Richards, Sarah Antczak, John Lopez, Molly Meehan, Danny Deeney, Victoria Hiscott, and Chloe Zubah.Holy Child Academy
Drexel Hill, PA

Holy Child Academy Raises Fund and Awareness for Pediatric Cancer

In May 2017, Holy Child Academy (Drexel Hill) students joined schools from around the world to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer. They participated in the 11th year of the Alex's Virtual Lemonade Stand project.

After a kick-off videoconference with the organizers and other participating schools from Ohio and Taiwan, Holy Child Academy students began planning two lemonade stands during the two-week program.
At the first lemonade stand, Hailey Gentry ’17 and Rachael Millay ’17, the 2016-17 student council service representatives, served lemonade to classmates, faculty and staff. At the second stand, students sold lemonade to attendees at the area track championships.

“I was particularly impressed by the number of students and the age of the students who volunteered to work at the table to sell lemonade at the track meet,” said Rebecca Antczak, director of development and alumni relations. “Many of our volunteers were in second and third grade, which made this a great hands-on service opportunity. They really enjoyed this project.”

On the wrap-up videoconference call, Holy Child Academy third graders announced the school’s results to the other schools that participated in the special Alex's Lemonade Stand event. Holy Child Academy raised $538 to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and to fight childhood cancer. The class had fun talking with students and learning about the ways in which they raised money for childhood cancer research. Holy Child Academy students even asked questions of Liz Scott, mother of founder Alex, about her treasured moments spent with Alex, who passed away in 2004 at the age of eight.

Rachael Millay ’17 and Hailey Gentry ’17, 2016-17 student council service representatives, prepare for the school-wide Alex’s Lemonade Stand.Inspired by the journey of Philadelphia-area hero Alex Scott, the Alex's Virtual Lemonade Stand Project celebrates the idea that just one kid can make a difference. Holy Child Academy is looking forward to participating in the 2018 event.