STEM camp ends with lemonade stand run by students

Morning Journal/Julie Riedel Garfield Elementary Summer STEM Camp second grade group selling lemonade at the camp’s lemonade stand benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand. From left Ethan Cobin, 6, Allie Eniger, 7, Caiden Carter, 6, Ashlyn Crabtree, 7, Irelyn Orr, 7, Devon Dalrymple, 7, Sydney Travers, 7, Zaleaha Douglas, 6, Isaiah Board, 7, and Jayden Wakins, 7. The stand is the week long camp’s final activity, and benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

WELLSVILLE — Garfield Elementary finished up its annual summer camp on Friday with a lemonade stand benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Students sold lemonade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Garfield Elementary playground.

“The kids love it,” said Garfield Elementary Principal Lisa Ferguson. “It’s good for the kids, and the community is so supportive of the school.”

This year the Summer STEM Camp’s theme was lemons and students completed lemon based experiments, like making a lemon clock and lemon volcano. They also completed activities building up to the stand and worked through the problems of running a lemonade stand such as what recipe they should use and how much they needed to make.

For the last seven years Garfield Elementary has been holding a week long summer camp for students going into the first, second and third grades. The last few years have incorporated the problem solving skills and curriculum integration associated with STEM. Each age group was designated a time frame and completed age appropriate activities during their time. Each age group also took a shift selling lemonade.

“I’m just so proud of the Garfield staff, and the kids, we have such wonderful children and the people in town are so supportive,” said Rick Salsberry, Wellsville School District board member. “This is a good cause, it’s dear to my heart. And the kids are so excited.”

The administration thought running a lemonade stand was the logical final activity for a lemon themed camp. The administration of the camp also decided benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand was a natural choice due to the high childhood cancer rates in Wellsville and how most students know someone who has been affected by cancer.