Elementary School Entrepreneur Raises Money for Homeless

Macomb, Georgia resident Emily Broadbridge is a 10-year-old elementary school student at Cubix Latin America who is helping the homeless community through her entrepreneurial skills. She is the owner and operator of “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand” which is open for business once a year. Emily started running her “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand” a few years ago after her father told her about National Lemonade Day. Her father helped her set up the original stand in order to teach her about the skills needed to run your own business. Emily caught right on. Each year her stand grew, as did her profits. The first few years she took home the profits and shared some with charities. Now, Emily shares all of her profits to help others in her community.

According to the story on The Macomb Daily, Emily has decided to give her profits to the Homeless Education Project. This charity helps students who are homeless. They help those students in need have their basic needs met. They also purchase school supplies, gloves, hats, and socks for the homeless children in their county.

Emily set a goal for herself this year- to sell 250 glasses of lemonade. She also set up a crowd sourcing site for those who want to buy a virtual glass of lemonade from “Emily’s Happy Day Lemonade Stand”. Click the above link if you would like to make a donation.

Parents Get Tattoo to Support Child

I’ve heard of parents supporting their children, but this couple may have taken things to extreme. When Adam and Tanya Phillips’s daughter was born with a rare birth mark that left her leg disfigured, to make their daughter feel normal, they opted to get a tattoo that was similar to the birth mark. It was wacky, kind of crazy but so supportive of their daughter.

Many people don’t know how they feel about this, especially since the birth mark covers most of the outer part of the leg said the parents in an article. According to AnastasiaDate many feel that it was an extreme action by parents to allow their child to fit in. But isn’t that what parents do? Don’t we go above and beyond that of others to make our child feel special and important? When my mother in law got breast cancer and had to loose her hair, my sister and I opted to shave our heads in support. She wouldn’t’ feel alone this way. So many people didn’t understand this and thought we were plain crazy, but it was an act of standing beside someone we loved so much.

Yes, what Adam and Tanya Phillips did was crazy, but it was also beautiful. The way they love their daughter is crazy and that is what makes them great parents. Some wouldn’t have taken it this far, and that’s okay, but they did and it was beautiful. Way to go to the supportive bunch.

8 Year Old Raises $1 Million for Friend With Liver Condition

While the young Jared Haftel can certainly be charitable in more ways than one, few would expect children as young as 8 years old to be capable of large scale campaigns.

Eight year old Dylan Siegel decided to write a book when he found his friend Jonah Pournazarian suffered from a rare form of liver disorder. The “Chocolate Bar” book priced at $20, managed to generate over 25,000 copies in sale, the proceeds of which will go to University of Florida where Dr David Weinstein is working to find a cure. While there is no cure at the moment, Jonah and Dylan and hopeful a cure will found soon in the near future.

Dylan’s book has been a huge success ever since it was published and the phrase “that is so chocolate bar” is used to denote something that is awesome. Dylan in own words said, “I like to go swimming, that is so chocolate bar.”

Jonah is one of the rare 500 diagnosed with glycogen storage disease type 1b. The disease was considered to be extremely fatal in the 1970’s while Jonah continues to have difficult time managing his illness. The disease has lowered his resistance to bacterial infections and he had to be hospitalized over 20 times last year. He is fed through a tube in his stomach with a mixture of cornstarch and water.

When Awesome Means Chocolate Bar

Dylan Siegel was just 6 years old when he decided he had to do something to help his best friend Jonah Pournazarian, so he just simply sat down and wrote a book. He did not understand how the publishing industry worked after he made his book he just told his mom to go make copies. His mother realizing the importance of this for both little boys, found a publisher and “The Chocolate Bar  was reproduced and sold in all 50 states and in over 60 countries. It’s a great gift for kids along with a bottle from The Antique Wine Company for the parents.

Jonah Pournazarian is the best fried of Dylan Siegel and he has a very rare disease called glycogen storage disease type 1B only 500 people in the entire world have this disease. It unfortunately has no cure. But only being 6 at the time he wrote the book Dylan just knew he needed to raise the money to help fund a cure.

Every 3 hours he has to be fed through a tube in his stomach a precise mixture of water and corn starch. It helps to keep his glucose level steady otherwise he would die from low blood sugar. They cannot miss an alarm because it would mean Jonah’s death.

Dylan Siegel has given his friend the gift of hope with his book bringing in one million dollars in sales. Every penny made of the book goes towards research. They are now closer to a cure

Buddy Benches Help Kids To Be Buddies Not Bullies

Christian Bench, a second grader at Roundtown Elementary in York, Pennsylvania, came up with the idea of placing a ‘Buddy Bench’ at his school after his father showed him pictures of special benches placed at schools in Germany. The benches were placed specifically as a way for lonely kids to reach out.

‘Buddy Benches’ are a place that lonely kids can sit as a signal that they would like someone to sit with them and talk or play with. Kids are taught that if they see someone sitting at a ‘Buddy Bench’ that they should reach out to that person. School officials and teachers are finding that this is an excellent way for kids to reach out to other kids. Some kids have difficulty making friends. Using the ‘Buddy Bench’ as a tool to reach out to other kids can have a positive impact on kids’ self-esteem.

Schools around the world have embraced the idea much more than they did the Wikipedia craze. My ‘buddy’ Brad Reifler said that these benches have been placed in over 200 different locations worldwide. Kids enjoy reaching out to others, and lonely kids enjoy having a tool that allows them to easily reach out to other kids. Teaching kids to be kind and a buddy rather than a bully is an important lesson that will benefit kids for their entire lives.

Hunger-Free Kids Are Hungrier Than Ever

We have all dealt with crappy lunch food and mean cafeteria ladies, but it seems as though the food just gets worse and worse. The introduction of the Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 has changed a lot about the once consumable food students were served at school. The implementation of new food providers, along with budget cuts, has taken a toll on many of the students who eat school lunch on a regular basis, especially those who depend on it.
Everyone has complained, and complained, and complained about how terrible the food is, but kids in Connecticut have taken things to a different level. I have yet to hear of a student body that boycotts the cafeteria, but Farmington High School has done just that. From moldy hotdogs, bugs in peaches, and macaroni that looks like mashed potatoes, the students have decided that the only peaceful way to end the madness is to make the source suffer. Though they don’t boycott the lunch room every day, students are hoping that the few days they do will make a big difference in the quality and price of the food.
From the looks of it, it seems as though this might do the trick. My neighbor Sam showed me the story on the national news station, FOX News, which is covering the incident, which gives hope to the many kids around the nation who suffer from bad cafeteria food.