Students raise money with lemonade stand
Students in Jefferson Elementary School’s summer school program in Sterling braved the heat Thursday morning and set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for new playground equipment and rock surfaces to be installed in time for the 2020-21 school year. Faculty members also sold baked goods. About $600 was raised throughout the day, Jefferson Principal Heather Wittenauer said, and additional money will be sought out through the Sterling Schools Foundation and the school district in the fall. The Jefferson-Lincoln PTO already had been contributing to the fundraising by organizing penny drives at the school. Some of the playground equipment is more than 20 years old, and swings and a play car are original to the school, built in 1963. Cups of lemonade were 50 cents, and students got to experience customer service routines and how to count change back. “They were thrilled to be a part of this,” Wittenauer said.