Middle Schoolers in Des Moines Make Lemonade Stands for Charity

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Over 100 students from Weeks Middle School spent the past six weeks of the summer raising money for seven different charities.

The students were divided into four groups, and held multiple lemonade stands over the weeks in front of the school and at local Hy-Vee stores. In total, they raised about $500 and selected seven charities to donate the money to. Some of the organizations included the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Animal Rescue League.

"We have to leave the earth intact for them, and they have to leave it intact for their children," said Claudine Cheatum, an AmeriCorps Service Member and adviser to the students. "They won't know that unless we teach it to them."

This isn't the first year the school has done a community service project over the summer with its students, and they say it won't be the last. The students were completely responsible for the fundraising efforts and the organizations chosen to be donated to.