Arsonists Torch Playground So 7-Year-Old Starts Lemonade Stand For Rebuilding Fund

First of all — to any would-be arsonists out there? It’s a really crappy thing to do, burning down an elementary school’s playground.  But even though fiery actions taken by arsonists torched a 7-year-old New Hampshire girl’s school playground, she’s not letting it get her down. Instead, she’s opened a lemonade stand to raise money for a rebuilding effort.

CBS Boston says she’s been welcoming customers from all over the area, including members of the local fire department, in her efforts to get kids a new structure.

“I thought it would be good for this school. We would have more fun stuff to play on,” she explained.

By the time she closed up shop for the day, she’d made $273. Sure, it’s a far cry from the estimated $40,000 that will be needed to rebuild the playground, but it’s about more than just the money. Her principal lauded her for inspiring others to pitch in.

“So there is a possibility, depending on fundraising and insurance, that we might be able to rebuild a structure similar to what we had,” the principal said. “We always say something good comes out of something bad. It’s brought our school community even closer, (with) people lending a hand to help.”

We hope there’s never a time when lemonade stands are replaced by like, social media lemonade stands or virtual lemonade stands.  Nothing makes a kid feel better than selling a cup of sweet stuff and turning a profit, no matter how tiny and no matter what the reason for setting up shop is.

Previously in feel-good tiny entrepreneurs: 9-Year-Old Boy Manages Makes $3,400 With Lemonade Stand To Help Out His Hometown Of Detroit 

Salem, NH Second Grader Raises Money To Rebuild Torched Playground [CBS Boston]


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  1. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    So how long before she gets her lemonade stand demolished by the city for not having a business license? Or the health department for selling food without displaying an inspection sign?

    …and what is this going to do to her income taxes? OH THE HUGE MANATEE!

    • TerraSin says:

      I saw the title and thought the same thing… truly sad that’s the way we think these days because of all this stuff.

    • cmdr.sass says:

      This story is from New Hampshire, the live free or die state, so two things:

      1. New Hampshire police are not in the habit of shutting down lemonade stands
      2. No income taxes.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    What, your school didn’t have insurance? How irresponsible.

    • TheMansfieldMauler says:

      They still need to cover the deductible.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        In fairness, the difference in premiums between the $1,000 deductible and the million-dollar deductible was, like, a lot.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        They can’t possibly mean the deductible is $40,000. They appear to have insufficient insurance to begin with.

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      “So there is a possibility, depending on fundraising and insurance, that we might be able to rebuild a structure similar to what we had”

      Apparently they had insurance…perhaps not enough to fully rebuild.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Then they were grossly underinsured. Also irresponsible.

        You should insure enough to cover the loss of the entire building, let along the entire playground. Insurance should be covering all your assets, plus perceivable medical care for accidents and injuries occuring on the premises.

        • YouDidWhatNow? says:

          Not disagreeing. Simply pointing out that they weren’t entirely without insurance.

          • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

            Fair enough. I did see that after I posted. It’s sad that the city’s irresponsibility will simply harm the students.

            And, you know, the arsonists.

    • AustinTXProgrammer says:

      Many government facilities are self insured. Once you have a large enough pool of stuff to care about it’s cheaper to pay losses internally than to pay premiums on everything worth insuring.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Then why is this even an issue? If what you say is true, someone should be cutting them a $40,000 check immediately. Not paying for insurance AND not having a slush fund or allocated funds to to cover damage costs….is still irresponsible.

  3. Zelgadis says:

    Sorry, but someone has to say it.

    “I’m the one who’s going to burn your house down… with the lemons!”

    • El_Fez says:

      *Came for the Cave Johnson, leaves satisfied*

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:


      • El_Cheapocabra says:

        Ditto! And for those who are curious:

        “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your d#mn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I’m gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”
        – Cave Johnson, Apeture Labs CEO from Portal 2

  4. Oh_No84 says:

    Doesnt the city have insurance for things like this so they can rebuild the playground without taking money from their op budget??

    • MathMan aka Random Talker says:

      Probably the school building itself but it might cost more to insure the free-standing structure of the playground so given a public school system’s limited budget, I can see them not insuring the playgroud because statistically , it’s more likely fire would damange the main building than the playground.

  5. acw123 says:

    She didn’t build that!

  6. Kuri says:

    And people wonder why kids sit in front of the TV. The city obviously wasn’t going to pay for it.

    But like the top poster said, it’ll only be a matter of time before the city shuts that whole mess down.