True role models

Four Nashua youth have proven that age and life experience isn’t necessary to make a difference in the community.

Charging 25 cents a cup and with a little help from their parents, Madaline Lerner, 9, Ava Koser, 7, Zoe Plante, 8, and her sister Hailey, 5, all residents of Monza Road, set up a lemonade stand on Aug. 25 with a mission to help the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.

Altogether, the young ladies raised $70, which they dropped off at the facility on Saturday.

“It helps a lot; $70 will help vaccinate 10 animals,” said Becky Longvall, the organization’s director of animal care services. “I don’t think they realize the big chunk they actually gave, it does cover a lot of animals, believe it or not.”

The perseverance of these young ladies is absolutely amazing and inspiring. So, too, is the support given to them by the community.

Through word of mouth and the power of social media, people from all over the area flocked to their makeshift stand to partake in their homemade lemonade and support their efforts.

“People on motorcycles, in cars, coming over and giving them a lot of positive accolades,” said Jill Lerner, Madaline’s mother. “One lady showed up and said, ‘I thought we were doing yard work today, but my husband said we’re going to a lemonade stand instead.'”

More than 280 cups later, the youth accomplished what they set out to do, and in fine fashion.

Residents of their neighborhood and the entire city is fortunate to have such forward-thinking young ladies, dedicated to making a difference in their community.

In this day and age, that’s a rare thing; however, through their exemplarily example others hopefully will follow suit.

One thing is for sure, our future is secure with youth like this serving as role models for others.