Our Mother of Consolation (OMC) Parish School students (from left) Eve Laurito, Abby Leckrone, and Summer DelliCarpini worked with fellow OMC student Taylor DelliCarpini to create a lemonade stand to help fund school programs.

by Sue Ann Rybak

Our Mother of Consolation elementary school students Eve Laurito, Abigail Leckrone, and sisters Taylor and Summer DelliCarpini know that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference.

The girls took to heart Mother Teresa’s words, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Even as third and fourth graders, they realized they had the power to make a difference. It is just one of the many reasons they decided to donate the money they raised from a lemonade stand to OMC’s art and drama programs.

Summer DelliCarpini, who will be in fifth grade in September, said two years ago that she and her friends decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money for a good cause.

“Last year, we gave it [the funds] to a foundation to help all kids with brain tumors,” Summer said. “This year we decided to give it to the art and theater programs at our school, because they didn’t have a lot of supplies.

Taylor DelliCarpini, who will be in sixth grade in September, said she loved participating in OMC’s theater club and wanted this year’s program “to be even better.”

Abby Leckrone, who will be in fifth grade in September, said the four of them decided to donate the money to the art and theater programs, because they thought it would be “cool to give it back to the school, since the school has done so much for them.”

Theresa Schmidt, principal of Our Mother of Consolation Parish School, said she commends the students “for their initiative and commitment to OMC School.”

“Their entrepreneurial spirit is motivating and demonstrates that we can make a difference at any age,” she said.

The girls presented the principal with $87.18 at the end of the school year. They hope to continue to raise funds for the school’s programs over summer break.

To make a donation to the school’s art and theater programs, email Colleen Amuso at camuso@omcparish.com.