LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - First graders at Chireno Elementary School took a class project to a whole new level, when they turned a lemonade stand into a worthy cause.
The first graders wanted to do something that not only allowed them to use their math, English and social studies skills, but something that would make a difference for future generations.
"Over twelve thousand children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer this year, these kids may face cancer before they learn to walk or talk," said Chireno first grader, Raeleigh Thornton.
That's why they decided to raise money for children's cancer research and donate the money to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
"They decided that when they were raising the money they wanted to have a good cause to give it to and they heard about this organization and it was relevant and meaning full to the kids," said Chireno Elementary Principal, Brandy Gray.
Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation is an organization that was started by Alexandra "Alex" Scott in 2004.
Alex was one year old when she was diagnosed neuroblastoma, which is a rare childhood cancer, at the age of four she decided to help other kids like her and set up her first of many lemonade stands.
Alex unfortunately died at the age of eight but continued to inspire people to follow her cause.
"She has raised more than one million dollars and has inspired many to do the same, like us," said Thornton.
"They have taken and just gone with it and done a wonderful job and we are so proud of them," said Gray.
On top of raising money for a good cause, the kids also honed in on some of their classroom skills.
"This would be covered under the goods and services, supply and demand being able to incorporate all of those things they researched… we have incorporated a lot of different subjects into this activity," said Gray.
The students set a goal to raise $500 to send to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.