FAMILY USING SUMMER TO RAISE CASH FOR SCHOOL-BUILDING EFFORT IN KENYA

By on July 20, 2011
Nine-year-old Teagan Adams (centre) serves up some “premium lemonade” with the help of his seven-year-old brother Tate (far left) and friends as part of the Adams family’s “summer of service” fundraising effort for Free the Children.  With the goal of raising $9,000 for Free the Children to build a school in Kenya, the Adams children have been busy all summer selling lemonade, performing magic shows and returning bottles to raise money for the cause. Photo submitted - Click on picture for larger image

Nine-year-old Teagan Adams (centre) serves up some “premium lemonade” with the help of his seven-year-old brother Tate (far left) and friends as part of the Adams family’s “summer of service” fundraising effort for Free the Children. With the goal of raising $9,000 for Free the Children to build a school in Kenya, the Adams children have been busy all summer selling lemonade, performing magic shows and returning bottles to raise money for the cause. Photo submitted - Click on picture for larger image

OSOYOOS TIMES-July 20, 2011

By Karissa Gall – Osoyoos Times

School might be out for the summer, but that has not stopped local youths Teagan, Tate, Tanner and Serinity Adams from learning life lessons on entrepreneurship, generosity and charity while working to open a school in Africa for children who are less fortunate.
As part of what the kids’ mother, Chantelle Adams, is calling the “summer of service,” the family has spent this summer “doing things that make a difference” with the ultimate goal of  raising $9,000 for the non-governmental organization Free the Children to build a school in Kenya.
Chantelle said she gave each of her children $2 at the beginning of the summer and told them to turn it into more with their own unique ideas.
She said nine-year-old Teagan, after some thought, decided to run a lemonade stand – but with a twist.
She said he decided to charge $1 for the lemonade and market the “premium” refreshment to customers by giving away gently-used toys from the family toy box and offering free refills.
Teagan got permission from Osoyoos Elementary School Principle Bo Macfarlane to set up his lemonade stand during recess while school was still in session and “in less than an hour had raised $126.15.”  Chantelle said Teagan’s classmates “loved the free toy idea and were thrilled to support a great cause” and that many students even asked to help with the busy stand.
She said that seven-year-old Tate was also eager to be involved in the family’s fundraising effort and decided to perform 30-minute magic shows for donations of $2.
Hosted at the family’s home, she said Tate’s first magic show was a success, raising cheers from the crowd that gathered to see the card tricks, coin disappearing trick, mind reading and other illusions that Tate has practised and raising another $125 for the effort.
“He’s actually quite a shy little guy so it’s cute that he has kind of come out of his shell for something that’s important to him,” Chantelle said.
In addition to the lemonade stands and magic shows, she said that all four kids have also been busy taking the lids off of hundreds of water bottles for the Osoyoos Volunteer Fire Department and with wine bottles from Cedar Creek Estate Winery, bringing the bottles to the bottle depot to earn refund money.
Chantelle said the family has set up a bulk account dubbed “The Giving Guys” at the depot, so that anyone who returns bottles there can choose to donate the money to the kids’ fundraising effort.
They will also be setting up a donation table at the upcoming Osoyoos Street Dance on Friday, July 22 to keep the fundraising effort going strong through the summer.
To date, she estimated that the family has raised $380 for the cause.
“I’ve always tried to make them aware of things that are going on around the world,” Chantelle said. “It’s very important for kids to get involved in a bigger picture to be able to see what they have and to be grateful for it.  I can see the empathy increasing.
“In our society, kids are so focused on what they want, what I call ‘the gimmies.’  Being able to really talk about and share as a family what other kids don’t have and them being able to feel like they’re making a difference has really been great.”
Free The Children has more than one million young people involved in education and development programs in 45 countries.
Founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger, the organization has received the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child and the Human Rights Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.
The primary goals of the organization are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world.
reporter@osoyoostimes.com

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