PINE GROVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Each glass of lemonade poured is an investment to change the way kids see the world.
“It’s healthy and it’s also empowering to realize not everybody is going to experience everything the way we do,” said Jason Stump.
Jason stump, a local pastor, set up this ‘lemonade for literacy of love’ stand to raise money for children books. His goal is to introduce young children to a different narrative.
“Making sure that children have access to stories in the area of families that may not look like their family,” said Stump.
Choosing books that highlight people of color as the heroes, women being strong figures and even same gender couples to celebrate diversity and inclusion.
“We’re one big world. And basically small towns, large towns, all kinds of different people different ideas we have to live together,” said Ken Dubbs, a business owner.
The lemonade stand was set up right outside Ken Dubbs’ future business, the Brickyard Bistro, giving Stump space to support the cause.
“Building connections is what increases compassion. And so reading these books is going to build a connection that and plant a seed for these kids that will hopefully one day bloom into compassion,” said Stump.
The crew was met with a great deal of support, raising about $350.