ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- To help teach young children the importance of giving back to the community and helping others, The Malvern School presented a check on Friday, November 8 at The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pennsylvania for $150,000 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to support the fight against childhood cancer.
Jackson Smith, one Pre-K student at the Robbinsville-based Malvern School, raised the $1,450 for ALSF, which was part of the Stand-Up for Pre-K challenge. The Malvern School of Robbinsville overall – through the Pre-K challenge and various other activities and events – raised more than $4,700 in 2019 alone. Including this donation, The Malvern School has raised nearly $1 million for ALSF in more than 11 years.
“Our partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is really special because it’s about more than dollars and cents. It’s all about the children – both the children fighting pediatric cancer and the students in our classrooms,” said Kristen M. Waterfield, President and Co-Founder of The Malvern School. “While our support enables ALSF to help children battling this disease so bravely in a number of ways, it also helps us teach young children about the importance of helping others and allows them to take an active role in doing so, in an impactful way. This is one of the most powerful things we can do as educators.
“The way our communities rally together year after year to support this immensely important cause is completely inspiring,” Waterfield added.
Between April and July this year, teachers and directors at all 26 Malvern School locations engaged children, families and their communities in fun fundraising activities and events, including lemonade stands, carnivals, art auctions, fundraising partnerships with local businesses and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these efforts are donated to ALSF.
Founded in 1998, The Malvern School, is a privately-owned, year-round private preschool for ages six weeks to eight years with 27 locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey.
ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $175 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. It emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of four year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for childhood cancer. When she passed away at the age of eight, she had raised $1 million and her spirit and determination lived on to inspire others.