Selling Lemonade to Offset Life’s Lemons

Elementary school raising money for family of deceased crossing guard

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 3:22 PM CDT
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by Bruce Felps

George Willis apparently touched a lot of lives. He also stopped a lot of cars.

Willis served as a crossing guard for students at Prestonwood Elementary School. He helped the kids safely cross the intersection at Arapaho Road and Nedra Way.

Willis passed away Sunday after a battle against cancer.

The school’s PTA organized a fundraiser — type “in memory of George Willis” in the appropriate field — for Willis’ family to help defray medical and funeral costs.

Caringly, the students set up and operated a lemonade stand at “George’s corner” Thursday in another effort to raise money for his family. The students will run the stand from 3-4 p.m., officially, but they, some parents, and school personnel are there now, 2 p.m., making tribute signs and leaving mementos.

A glass of lemonade costs a dollar. The sentiment is priceless. The financial help to the Willis family is invaluable.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He tips his hat to a bunch of good kids.

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