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Young entrepreneur helps keep cupboards, and bellies, full at local schools

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Tara Jeffrey

Adele Sowerbutts wants to make sure every kid has a full belly at school.

Adele Sowerbutts’ lemonade stand fundraiser earned her the Rising Star award at the Camlachie Summer Sendoff event. (Submitted photo)

“She could not believe children are not able to have breakfast, and often go to school hungry,” said mom Caitlin of Camlachie.

“So she asked what she could do to help these children.”

Adele, a grade five student at Errol Village Public School, decided to have a small lemonade stand over the summer, to raise money to support breakfast programs at local schools.

She followed up with her own vendor stand at the Camlachie Summer Sendoff event in August, and coined the name ‘Adelie’s Full Bellies’ with a goal to purchase groceries and gift cards.

When word spread about Adelie’s Full Bellies, friends and neighbours filled the Sowerbutts’ home with donations of groceries for local schools. (Submitted photo)

She raised more than $2,000 and even earned the event’s ‘Rising Star’ award for local youth.

“Adele held many family meetings about her ideas and goals,” said Sowerbutts. “I utilized social media to get the word out about her cause… and the community was overwhelming in response.

“Almost every day we had new donations at our door or people asking for pick up.”

Last month, Adele visited six local schools to deliver groceries and gift cards, to help make sure no kids have an empty stomach, she said, “because the only thing a child should worry about at school is their education.”

One of Adele Sowerbutts’ school drop-offs last month. (LKDSB photo)

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