SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Dante Olivia Haley, Castronuovo, and Ian Weisholtz -- rising 3rd graders at Brunner School -- raised more than $5,000 to help put an end to bullying with their third annual lemonade stand in Scotch Plains. The funds will go directly to the Mallory's Army Foundation.
"The kids smashed their own record," said Drew Weisholtz, Ian's dad. "Thank you to everyone who donated and turned out on this hot day to support this very important cause. This annual endeavor is a truly teachable moment for our children while helping others and learning the value of charity and community."
In 2017, while kindergarten classmates, the kids had the idea to create a lemonade stand for charity and wound up raising more than $500 for Children’s Specialized Hospital. Buoyed by its success, the trio collected nearly $1,300 in 2018 for Friends of Valley Brook, which helps veterans, and were recognized at a Fanwood Council meeting for their efforts. At the same meeting, Dianne Grossman, who started Mallory’s Army after her daughter took her own life after being bullied, was also honored for her work. The kids were inspired listening to Grossman and the idea for this year’s lemonade stand took hold.
"We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful town that rallies around others and inspires action," Weisholtz added. "Thank you all to everyone who helped these kids make a difference."