Local News

May 4, 2013

Westside’s lemonade crusade

Whitfield kids host fundraiser for cancer research

Seven-year-old Callie Tuck says she knows the difference between a want and a need.

“You need food but you want a video game,” she said. “A want is something you want when you really just need something else.”

Callie said she is happy with her basic needs: family, food and shelter. But she said she also knows some people need more than just everyday necessities.

“Because sometimes people get cancer,” she said. “So we are getting money to stop cancer.”

To get the money, Callie helped several students at Westside Elementary School convert five first-grade classrooms into lemonade stands. Hundreds of students and family members filled the rooms Friday afternoon, buying lemonade and lemon cookies at 50 cents each.

The profit will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, said school officials.

“Alex was a little girl that had cancer,” Coulter Cochran, 7, said. “She died. It was really sad.”

The foundation started in 2000 at the front yard lemonade stand of then 4-year-old Alex Scott who suffered from neuroblastoma cancer, according to the foundation website (www.alexslemonade.org). Alex responded to her disease by raising money to help find a cure. Alex died in 2004 at the age of 8.

Since then, Alex’s lemonade stand concept has sparked a movement across the nation. Several children about her age continue to raise money by selling lemonade and sending all profit to the foundation.

“We’re doing the lemonade stands to stop cancer,” Coulter said, “so no one dies from it anymore.”

First-grade teacher Katie Sullivan said the compassion the Westside Elementary students showed was “amazing.”

“They’ve even brought in birthday money,” she said. “It’s been really exciting. This has turned into something much bigger when we realize we could do our own lemonade stand and help a good cause. I think the kids have really enjoyed it.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Dalton State turtle 4.jpg In the mood for love: Encouraging breeding, saving species

    For one Dalton State College couple, a cool misty shower is more effective than Barry White and candles at turning thoughts to love. And keeping this couple feeling amorous could mean survival of the species.

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Beaulieu expects 2,000 employees to be affected by week-long shutdown

    About 2,000 employees of Beaulieu of America in Georgia and Alabama will be affected by the company’s plans to conduct an inventory of its buildings and facilities next week.

    August 1, 2014

  • Moral monday 3 mlh.jpg Four ‘jailed for justice’ tell their stories

    Arturo Martinez was just 8 when his family came to the United States from Mexico, and though he is one of more than 500,000 young undocumented immigrants granted deferred removal by President Barack Obama, Martinez said his dream of pursuing higher education is out of reach because of Georgia policies.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tanner Blackton: Diners, servers must show understanding

    Try to imagine this: You’ve been on your feet for hours, hoisting heavy plates, buzzing from table to table, taking orders, running food, refilling drinks. All the while, you have a smile plastered on your face and a go-to attitude, even when people blame you for things that are out of your control, berate you for accidentally mixing up an order, or loudly complain about being seated underneath an air conditioning vent.

    August 1, 2014

  • Bugs and Kisses 1 mlh.jpg Local stores expect tax holiday to create lots of sales

    Local retailers say Georgia’s sales tax holiday weekends mean big business for them, and they are gearing up to capitalize on this year’s tax-free shopping on Friday and Saturday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Esme file mw 2.jpg Still fighting

    Ten-year-old Esme Miller was celebrated earlier this year for the way she’s handled a bout with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historical photos of Murray County needed

    Maybe you have a photograph of a well-known preacher from the 1940s. Or maybe you have a photograph taken of a church choir from the 1920s.

    July 30, 2014

  • State DOT wants your input on transportation needs

    As state and national leaders consider alternatives for funding future transportation needs, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to know what Georgians would like in their 21st century transportation system and how they recommend paying for it.

    July 30, 2014

  • Jail for Justice Tour event here tonight

    The Moral Monday Georgia Coalition, the NAACP-led multi-racial, multi-issue advocacy group, will host an event in partnership with the Georgia Dreamers Alliance, Coalition of Latino Leaders (CLILA), Whitfield NAACP and the Whitfield County Democratic Party at Dalton’s Mack Gaston Community Center tonight from 5 to 9.

    July 30, 2014

  • Two charged with tampering with evidence in drug investigation

    Two people have been arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the synthetic marijuana bust in February involving a Dalton business owner.

    July 30, 2014