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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kids sell $10,000 glass of lemonade

BY SUZANNE PEREZ TOBIAS
The Wichita Eagle

George Holland is about to enjoy one pricey glass of lemonade.

The owner of Holland Paving in Wichita will present a check today for $10,000 to students at College Hill Elementary School's summer program — the largest donation yet to a lemonade stand the children held earlier this summer. Students plan to serve Holland a glass of lemonade.

The weeklong stand, held in front of the school at First Street and Clifton in late June, was an effort to raise money and school supplies for tornado victims in Joplin, Mo.

Including the gift from Holland Paving, the stand raised more than $13,300.

"We told our kids about the amount they were receiving, and there were a lot of oohs and ahs," said Karla Stenzel, a physical education teacher who directs the summer latchkey program.

"Our students are really excited about this generous donation and how it will help Joplin students."

A devastating tornado struck Joplin in May, destroying portions of the city and killing more than 150 people. Experts say it ranks as one of the country's deadliest tornadoes.

Four schools, including the city's only high school, were destroyed. Six other schools were significantly damaged.

Lee Hunter, an official with Holland Paving, said the Wichita company was looking for a way to help the efforts in Joplin.

When he heard about the children's fundraiser, Hunter said, "I just thought it would be a neat thing to go buy a $10,000 glass of lemonade."

Stenzel, the latchkey director, said the lemonade stand may become a tradition for College Hill's summer latchkey program, raising money for a different charity each summer.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com.

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