Community Contribution

Lakehill first-grader Dasha Ramey drums up business for her lemonade stand to benefit Japan. — Courtesy Photo

On March 11, an earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, stirring up a devastating tsunami. Recorded as 8.9 on the Richter scale, it was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the country.

As the nation struggled with a rescue effort, it also faced the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl.

While governments, aid organizations, and citizens around the world joined forces to offer their support to Japan, the Lakehill Preparatory School community was busy organizing as well.

First-grade student Dasha Ramey watched the story in Japan and asked her mom if she could do something to help. Dasha determined that the most effective way to help was by raising money for an organization already providing direct relief to those in Japan.

The best way to raise the money, she decided, was with a lemonade stand. She enlisted help from her younger brother, Van Alex, and the team immediately got busy making signs and developing their rally cry.

Dasha set up lemonade stands on her street, at a soccer game, and at a dog park. Her mom, Holly Lynch, said that after four lemonade stands, she could tell Dasha and her brother were committed to the cause.

She helped her daughter by setting up a donation page on Crowdrise to accept online donations. Donations go directly to Save Our Children, an organization providing relief efforts in Sandel, Japan.

Dasha has raised nearly $1,300 so far. She and her brother will be back at it this weekend working hard to reach their goal of raising $2,000.

“If I had my way,” Dasha said, “I’d have a lemonade stand every weekend.”

To find out more about Dasha Ramey’s lemonade stand or how to help, contact the Lakehill office.

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