Hailey and Hannah Hager are changing the world, one cup of lemonade at a time.
As Fox 8 reports, the two sisters from Davidson County, North Carolina are the proud owners of the Helping Hands Lemonade Stand. And helping is what Hannah and Hailey are all about.
While looking for a worthy cause for their lemonade proceeds, 13-year-old Hailey and 11-year-old Hannah learned the schools in their area are way behind in cafeteria charges owed to the federal government.
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Hannah’s school, Southwood Elementary, has $3,100 in student lunch debt. Hailey’s middle school has $3,500, and district-wide, the total student lunch debt is $41,000. The girls’ mother, Erin, told Fox 8:
“There’s one family that owes $800. I don’t know how many years’ worth that is, but it’s a big deal.”
When Hailey and Hannah learned about their classmates’ school lunch debt, they decided to raise the money to pay it off, starting with Southwood Elementary.
That’s why this past weekend Hailey and Hannah were out holding signs, urging drivers to stop for a glass of lemonade and a hot dog.
Erin told Fox 8 that’s she’s “super proud” of her daughters for working so hard. She added:
“It has been hot and they have been out waving their arms and flailing.”
The girls have already dropped off a check for $460 to help lower the lunch debt, and they plan to keep at it. As Erin told Yahoo Lifestyle:
“Our plan is to go Hailey’s school, Hannah’s school, high school, of course that’s where they’re both gonna end up going, and just wherever we can help out next. Everything that they’ve done so far, we’ve donated 100 percent.”
How did the schools end up with so much student lunch debt? As the principal of Southwood Elementary explained to Yahoo, the school district doesn’t deny lunches to students who can’t pay, so the costs add up over time. That’s why she’s grateful for Hannah and Hailey’s efforts:
“We do not believe in giving students an alternative lunch; therefore, they are allowed to continue to charge. This can lead to to charges getting quite high. I could not be more proud of Hannah and Hailey for wanting to help others. They are truly amazing students who are going to continue to do great things in our community. They are showing initiative, kindness and empathy toward others.”
Their customers are impressed as well.
One man told Fox 8 he urged his biker club to stop for lemonade and a hot dog after seeing what Hannah and Hailey were doing:
“I find very few young people who have that responsibility or gumption to do something like this.”
Erin says she was worried about how they could afford to keep the lemonade stand going, but a local business has offered to help donate lemons and cups. She told Yahoo she is glad to see her daughters absorbing the lessons she and her husband have taught about giving back:
“I want people to know that there’s people who care in the world and that there’s so many people and causes that need help.”