The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation recently awarded Penn Wynne Elementary School with the Alex Scott Crystal Cup at the 11th Annual Lemon Ball in honor of the Penguins’ longstanding dedication and commitment to the fight against childhood cancer.
Former Penn Wynne Elementary students and current Bala Cynwyd Middle School students Claire Brogan (6th grade) and Keene Brogan (8th grade) presented the Crystal Cup Award to Penn Wynne Elementary Principal Shawn Bernatowicz and former principal, Gail Apfel.
Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—the foundation has raised more than $140 million. That money has helped to:
· Fund more than 690 cutting-edge research projects
· Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment
· Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer
The following is an excerpt from the evening:
“Please come to my lemonade stand.”
This was a simple request that Alex Scott made years ago to her community and Penn Wynne Elementary School answered her call. Parents, staff and students from the school were some of the first supporters of Alex’s front yard stand in 2002. Alex’s kindergarten teacher volunteered and organized students to take shifts at the stand all day long while teachers and parents provided generous donations, packed goods, tents and supplies to ensure Alex’s stand was a success.
When Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand grew too big for their front yard, the principal offered to move the stand to the school. In 2004, Alex held her last lemonade stand at her elementary school, a meaningful day to Alex and the entire community. Despite the fact that the Scott children have outgrown their school, Penn Wynne continues to host Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand in her memory.
Amazingly, the impact of the Penn Wynne Elementary School community has extended way beyond their annual lemonade stand. Penn Wynne parents have served twice as Lemon Ball co-chairs, and several parents and former students volunteer on the committee and at the event. Hundreds of school volunteers have helped out at ALSF events, served on committees and hosted their own events to raise funds. Many parents have introduced new staff, board members and supporters each year, creating a true ripple effect throughout the Foundation.
“Alex, her family and the Foundation have been an inspiration to the children, families, faculty and staff of Penn Wynne [Elementary] School. As Alex fought her own cancer, her compassion and drive to make a difference for all children with cancer never wavered. Alex continues to be that amazing role model for our Penn Wynne community. We are honored to be a part of her legacy,” Gail Apfel, former principal of Penn Wynne said.
Current school principal, Shawn Bernatowicz said “Penn Wynne Elementary is privileged to continue to support the work of our former student, Alex Scott, as the Foundation continues to positively impact the lives of children and families dealing with childhood cancer.”