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Squeezing out childhood cancer

From left: Assistant principal Briana Kates, first-grader Micah Milligan, assistant principal Todd Smith, second-grader Alexa Ochmanski, principal Ryan Strasko, second-grader Donnie Rutkowski.
Heather Ashcroft and fourth-graders serving lemonade and water ice.
Fourth-grader Anson Chen donated $20 and took as many water ices as he could carry — 10.

Tacony Academy Charter School, 1330 Rhawn St., last Wednesday held its annual event benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Tacony Academy fourth-graders sold lemonade for 50 cents a cup and $1 lemon water ice to students and faculty during lunches. There were also T-shirt sales.

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All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports research to find better treatments and a cure for childhood cancer. Students and staff wore shirts that read, “When Life Gives Us Lemons … We Make Lemonade. Help Squeeze Out Childhood Cancer.”

Heather Ashcroft, an English as a Second Language coordinator and former fourth-grade teacher, organizes the fundraiser. Ashcroft said the event has taken place for about a decade and that it raises more than $3,000 each year. ••

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