Over the last month, three very determined 5th grade friends, Avery, Roger and Zane, along with Asher (Avery’s brother) decided to take advantage of the sixty-four days of 100-degree temperatures Garland, Texas had been experiencing. They armed themselves sufficiently with Asante Africa Foundation marketing materials, prepared ice-cold lemonade and laid out brownies for sale. Extra ice would cost more.
The three boys proceeded to take turns voicing the mission of their lemonade stand to passers by. No one was spared as they ran after moms pushing strollers, jogged alongside dads on Saturday runs explaining the goals of their fundraiser in between huffs and puffs; and flagged down every vehicle traveling through the neighborhood.
Avery’s dad added fuel to their motivation by offering to match their hard work, dollar for dollar. The boys were ecstatic! Toward the end of the day, they began to discuss the “Matching Funds” excitedly only to be disappointed by reality. They thought “matching” meant that the boys would give what they earned from the lemonade stand to Asante Africa Foundation and in return, Avery’s Dad would give THEM back the same amount. Despite this dosage of fundraising reality, their focus remained undeterred and their spirits unbroken. And after numerous hours of waving Asante Africa Foundation’s annual report overhead, pouring sticky lemonade and eating a few of the brownies to sustain their energy, the boys raised $100 to help buy textbooks and desks for 5th graders in Africa. With great pride and big smiles they counted the coins, folded the dollar bills and asked mom and dad if they could do it again next weekend.
Avery, Roger and Zane are a great example of young people who are already thinking about how they can create change in this world. By playing an important role and doing their part in giving another child the opportunity for an education, we are truly grateful. Asante Sana Avery, Roger and Zane.