Girls find sweet way to raise funds for Greencastle-Antrim capital campaign

April 24, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Olivia Singer, left, and Lyza Martin kick off the Greencastle-Antrim capital campaign Saturday in a sweet way with a homemade lemonade stand and bake sale outside Sunnyway Food Market in Greencastle, Pa.
By Roxann Miller/Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — What better way to kick off a $2.5 million capital campaign in an old-fashioned town like Greencastle than with a sweet, lemonade stand and bake sale?

That’s what Greencastle-Antrim fifth-graders Olivia Singer and Lyza Martin thought when they decided to help raise money to support the school district’s track-and-field project.

“We thought it would be good to help raise money for the track and field, because a lot of people really use them,” said Olivia, 10. “A lot of people do sports on them, and we thought it would be really nice to raise money for it so it could be a little bit nicer.”

“Yeah, so whenever we get into high school, we’ll have nice tracks and nice athletic fields to practice on,” said Lyza, 11.

On Saturday, the girls hung their homemade signs by a table outside Sunnyway Food Market on U.S. 11 and sold individual bags of brownies, Fruity Pebbles treats and chocolate-covered pretzels for $1 each, and lemonade for 50 cents a glass.

Olivia said their goal was to raise $100.

Olivia’s mother, Angie Singer, said they reached that goal in the first hour, with three hours remaining in the sale.

“We’re really proud of them. This was totally their initiative,” said Singer, principal of Greencastle-Antrim Primary School. “I do believe this is the first fundraiser since the capital campaign steering committee was formed.”

Everyone rallied Friday at the Martins’ house. Lyza and Olivia baked, along with a little assistance from their mothers — Singer and Marcy Martin — and the girls’ siblings — Abby Singer and Tanner Martin.

“This is a great idea,” said Sandy Fink-Freeman of Greencastle, who bought baked goods and lemonade from the girls. “I think it’s great for these girls to even care enough to even do this.”

She supports the capital campaign.

“We’re hoping with the capital campaign that it will affect our taxes less, and the community will band together and support the capital campaign,” Fink-Freeman said.

All the money raised will go to the capital campaign, which began this month, to pay for $2.5 million in improvements to the stadium field, track, stadium lighting and a practice field.

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