SEDRO-WOOLLEY – Who said lemonade stands were just for kids?
The retirement community Country Meadow Village, 1501 Collins Road, set up a lemonade stand in late August to raise money for the Food for Kids program run by the Sedro-Woolley School District.
“Residents and staff at Country Meadow Village thought it would be a good idea to have a lemonade stand on a hot summer day to help raise funds for the Food for Kids program,” Country Meadow Program Director David Bricka said. “We had balloons set up along the road, along with great lemonade and homemade cookies for passers-by. We got the word out using social media, and raised almost $60 for the cause.”
While $60 may not sound like a lot, Country Meadow has raised more than $1,000 since it started working with Food for Kids in July.
Food for Kids is a pilot program started in the spring at Evergreen Elementary School. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches can bring home a backpack full of food on Fridays, “with the hopes that the students will come back to school on Monday ready to learn,” social worker and Sedro-Woolley School District counselor Melissa Arnone said.
Country Meadow focuses on one charity at a time, sometimes choosing an international organization, other times working locally. Executive Director Tracy Willis said residents have participated in the current fundraising effort with enthusiasm.
“Our residents are so thrilled with it and happy that we were able to make a local connection,” she said. “They love that it’s Sedro-Woolley, and it’s directly benefiting kids.”
Pictured: Scott Sutton enjoys lemonade in late August with Country Meadow Village Executive Director Tracy Willis at the retirement community’s fundraising lemonade stand.