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What a day! . Well, you guys, it rained, and it rained HARD! 🌧 It was cold and wet, but the neighborhood showed its true blue colours and @lemonadeforlove had an incredible show of support. (And we were pretty impressed with the showing of raincoat fashions! You guys are stylin’!) . We started this lemonade stand five years ago with a box of tarts, 5 Litres of lemonade, and a goal of $300.00. I’m going to tell you that we were nervous to say the goal amount out loud because it seemed a bit lofty and a bit bold. . We do not have our total of online donations available as of yet. We will receive those on Monday. However, our initial number, today, taking into count @morcan_direct’s offer to match donations, is just over $17,000!💥 . That means that since that first lemonade-stand five years ago we as a collective have raised and re-invested over $50,000 back into our community. . Money aside, I think we have a community that is special, unique and is something we should all be incredibly proud to call our own. . Thank you. . . #lemonadeforlove2018 xo
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One of the most incredible things about being an educator is getting to see all the good and love this world has to offer! This weekend a former student had her third annual lemonade stand and she raised over $6,600 for two local families battling cancer. I am truly inspired by her and her family and grateful that I have had the opportunity to teach this beautiful girl #lemonadeforloveetobicoke #kidshelpingkids @msmelanieminor
I suspect you are checking out this site because you’ve received an invitation in your mailbox! If that is the case, you’ve got a rock-star kiddo living close by who is involved with the Lemonade for Love lemonade stand. It is happening this Saturday!
This is the 3rd Annual Lemonade For Love in the neighbourhood. The lemonade stand is a child-driven, parent-supported event. We work together to help a local family who is having a difficult time. Its primary goal is to encourage #kidshelpingkids!
This year we are helping out Adajeah & Marlo.
This is a very exciting week for the volunteers! Our volunteers range in age from 4-13 years. They’ve been armed with their own invitations and are on a mission to invite their community to their event.
Many of the children have presented to their soccer, baseball and ball hockey team-mates, and others have been invited to talk about the lemonade stand in their classrooms! The volunteers will also be serving up the sweet stuff on Saturday morning. They are true community ambassadors and the level of interest they have in helping others is genuine. Their dedication and commitment to this should be admired and celebrated!
The stand is short, sweet, simple and fun and we would love to see you there! 69 Leland is just steps from the park – many families take a bike ride to the stand and then stay to play in the park! No matter how you travel, we’d love to be part of your plans on Saturday morning. There’s a cupcake in it for you 🙂
If you have any questions, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We haven’t started to talk much about our 2016 Lemonade for Love event, yet, but one thing we do hope is that the kiddos think BIG and dream BIG this year. That’s where change begins, right?
Thinking big, and daring to dream big, takes guts. You have to be brave to dare turn your wild imagination into reality!
I had the opportunity to speak with the folks over at TIFF about the Lemonade for Love event and the kid volunteers. We spoke of how fabulous the kids are and about our desire to encourage them to start thinking BIG. Allow the kids to dream up wild ideas for their event. Do they want to serve up purple lemonade? Should they bring in a mariachi band!?
The folks at TIFF kindly invited a handful of the volunteers to this year’s digiPlaySpace media launch. This is a place entirely dedicated to thinking BIG.
Why is it important that the kiddo’s attended the media launch? Because they were able to meet and mingle with the artists who created the installations. These are the folks that dare to dream big. More important, these are the folks that put their imagination into action.
The kiddo’s actually took note pads and had a few questions prepared. They were nervous about what questions to ask the artists. But, as with all things creative and inspiring, the questions were organic as the kids immersed themselves into the creations. “Why did you do it this way?” they’d ask. “What were you thinking when you did that!?” “Do you really love raccoons?”.
We’ll post some of the videos of the day at a later time, but for now we just want to share our experience at digiPlaySpace 2016 and encourage you to check it out too!
What is the digiPlaySpace?
THE digiPlaySpace exhibit, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, is an interactive and digital adventure that is both engaging and educational! The exhibit is filled with interactive installations that include, but are not limited to, virtual reality games, green screen escapades, robotic & circuit building activities. Kids are encouraged to touch, feel, and interact with the installations. This is not a hands-off program!
As soon as we walked through the main door, the kids were taken with this Sensory Imaging installation. In fact, in order to get them to move on, we had to promise them that there was more fabulous installations to be explored!
Their next stop was with the folks who created Trackoons. Trackoons is a multiplayer game (up to 8 people!) that has raccoons face off in a race throughout Toronto. It was amazing to watch a bunch of 7-year-olds become fiercely competitive playing this game.
Again, we had to lure them away with the promise of more!
The Chooseatron was a big hit as well. If you’re having a difficult time engaging your child with reading – this just might be your go-to installation! The Choosatron is wi-fi connected and facilitates interactive and social reading. In essence, the child can pick elements of the story and an adventure is created based on their choices. This blends digital and analogue storytelling, and the kids walk away with something tangible – a story of their own.
Once you’ve made all of your choices, you receive a print-out of a story! This was the print out of Addy’s story! It was super scary, but she reassured Jerry (the creator) that she could handle it! : )
Augmented Reality Sandbox
It never fails, kids love to dig into their adventures….
The kiddos landed here for awhile. The Augmented Reality Sandbox is filled with real sand that looks like it is alive and moving! The impact was remarkable. The sand appears to be moving due to the use of an elevation colour map that creates contour lines and simulates water. The goal is to teach geographic, geologic and hydrologic concepts, such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds and so on.
Kids amazed. Mom – gobsmacked!
Other adventures we loved…..
Needless to say, all of us had an absolute BLAST at this years digiPlaySpace event. There simply wasn’t enough time to hit up every installation!
digiPlaySpace 2016 is a must attend. This year it is running for 7 weeks from March 5th – April 24th, 2016. For more information, and to check out all of the fabulous installations we missed, visit them here .
From us big thinkers to you –
the gang at Lemonade For Love.
All hands on deck! The help of Papa has been enlisted to build a small, but sturdy, lemonade stand.