Photos: Serving Others

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Sweet as the lemonade she proffers, Reese Werling, an Altamont Elementary kindergartner showed a patron the book she and her classmates had read about Alex Scott, a little girl who set up a lemonade stand to raise funds to cure cancer. Scott died of cancer in 2004 at age 8 but her mission lives on.

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

Slice of life: A boy, far left, makes a jungle gym of a bike rack while a girl, Natalie Dodge, 4, far right, sits on a park bench last Friday on the edge of the village green in Altamont. In between is an old-fashioned lemonade stand, staffed by Altamont Elementary kindergartners, part of a nationwide mission — Alex’s Lemonade Stand — to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. Kindergartner David Dodge, sporting a yellow kerchief, is posted in front of the stand, ready to help customers. While his mom, Kelly Dodge, gets a hug from her friend, Bill Dvorscak. Another kerchiefed classmate clings to a lamppost while keeping a lookout for future patrons as Principal Peter Brabant, his chin in his hand, takes in the scene that looks as if it could have been painted by Norman Rockwell.

Can generosity be taught? Kindergartners at Altamont Elementary School used newfound reading and listening skills to take in a book about a real-life little girl who sold lemonade to raise funds to fight cancer before she died of the disease. They used math skills, counting money as they sold lemonade themselves. But they also learned something much less tangible: how to give.