What’s Right with Our Schools: Lana’s Love Foundation at Boyd Buchanan

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Lana’s Love Foundation is a on mission to help families fighting cancer, one cup of lemonade at a time. Lana was a student at Boyd Buchanan, now her schoolmates are honoring her life through an inspiring example of what’s right with our schools.

Sarah Wright teaches 4th grade at Boyd Buchanan.

She says, “So, we’ve been reading uh The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies in fourth grade. And while the book teaches great literacy skills it also has skills in math and business entrepreneurship. So, our students have been thinking about ways they could run their own Lemonade Stand based on tips that the book provides.”

Taylor Garibaldi also teaches 4th grade at Boyd Buchanan.

Taylor says, “So we started our unit by reading Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This is a nationwide lemonade stand about a little girl who had leukemia, and she raised money by selling lemonade. We made the connection with our school with Lana’s love Foundation about a little girl Lana who used to go to Boyd Buchanan who also had cancer.”

Lana’s brother Cole says, “The children are giving back and remembering Lana.  It really warms my heart. Getting to see that Lana is still honored here is very special. We’ve uh created with Lana’s Love, where every dollar that these kids are raising is going towards helping families have fun and get to cherish the time together. It’s about the entire family and the whole Community.

Geunita Ringold also teaches 4th grade at Boyd Buchanan.

Ringold says, “I remember Lana. She has a lot of meaning for me personally, and also just for our school. Most of them just know her because Lana, and Lana’s Love, but that came out of Lana’s journey through her cancer.”

Mary Owens is a 4th grader.

Mary says, “Everyone thought she was really special, and we still think of her today. We’re raising money right now for Lana’s Love.

4th grader Collin Kirk adds, “Lana’s Love raises money for Lana’s love for kids, cancer patients.

Sarah Wright explains, “Last year we averaged 150 cups at 50 cents each. We ended up making well beyond that and show just how little acts can have a big impact.”

Cole Webster concludes, “My sister was diagnosed with cancer when she was five and passed away at 11. During that time, it was very difficult, but she kept a really positive attitude. You know, I think that it takes a long time to find meaning, but things like this make that come full circle.”


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