Delicious donations

Gen­er­os­ity has nev­er tasted so good, thanks to staff and stu­dents at J. Hamp­ton Moore Ele­ment­ary School.

Cath­er­in Chu, 8, holds a sign to help out dur­ing an Alex’s Lem­on­ade Stand fun­draiser from their school, Moore Ele­ment­ary School, in Roosevelt Mall’s Rita’s Wa­ter Ice. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

The teach­ers and pu­pils at J. Hamp­ton Moore Ele­ment­ary School have a cer­tain zest for fun­drais­ing.

A lem­ony zest.

They scoop wa­ter ice and they sell cook­ies to be­ne­fit Alex’s Lem­on­ade Stand, the char­ity set up to raise funds to help find a cure for child­hood can­cer, said third-grade teach­er Paul Domin­guez. 

They’re pretty good at it, too. Last year, their ef­forts net­ted $1,500 for the char­ity, he said.

As a group, the 1,200 kids at the Castor Gar­dens school are gen­er­ous. They’re also very per­suas­ive.

“We had six classes write let­ters to Taylor Swift to ask her to donate something,” Domin­guez said.

The coun­try mu­sic su­per­star re­spon­ded with an auto­graphed copy of newly re­leased CD, Red, which the school will auc­tion off on May 30, Domin­guez said.

Alex’s Lem­on­ade Stand Found­a­tion began in 2000 when 4-year-old Al­ex­an­dra “Alex” Scott sold lem­on­ade in her front yard in Manchester, Conn., to raise funds for can­cer re­search. Alex died of can­cer in 2004. The found­a­tion that bears her name has be­come a na­tion­al fun­drais­ing move­ment.

The fun­drais­ing kicked off last month. On April 24, 13 Moore teach­ers, the prin­cip­al and as­sist­ant prin­cip­al served wa­ter ice at the Rita’s at Roosevelt Mall. Dona­tions from cus­tom­ers and from Rita’s pulled in $400, Domin­quez said in a May 1 phone in­ter­view.

Soon, the kids will be buy­ing lem­on cook­ies, again to raise money for Alex’s.  Domin­guez said he buys the cook­ies from a su­per­mar­ket, bags them and sells them to the kids five for a dol­lar.

Also, the school is go­ing to have a “Crazy Hat Day,” he said. Each pu­pil who donates a dol­lar to Alex’s Lem­on­ade Stand will be al­lowed to wear a goofy hat to school.

You don’t have to buy cook­ies to con­trib­ute, Domin­guez said. Dona­tions to Alex’s Lem­on­ade Stand can be sent to J. Hamp­ton Moore Ele­ment­ary School, 6900 Sum­mer­dale Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19111. ••

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