Clintonville resident Rachel Weithman, 7, took her teachers seriously when they asked students to do public service over the summer.

Clintonville resident Rachel Weithman, 7, took her teachers seriously when they asked students to do public service over the summer.

Weithman, a student at Our Lady of Peace, set up a lemonade stand in front of Kroger's Graceland location last Saturday and raised more than $200 for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Rachel was one of 1,000 children across the country who participated in Crayon Beverage Company's "Pink Lemonade Brigade" on June 21.

Under the program, Crayons supplied 1,000 children with free lemonade stands and cans of its Tickled Pink Lemonade.

The children were asked to give the money raised to a charity of their choosing.

Rhonda Weithman, Rachel's mother, said Rachel chose to support Nationwide Children's Hospital Circle of Friends, which supports children with cancer. Rhonda Weithman said Rachel broke her arm right before she entered kindergarten and was taken care of at Children's.

"She loved how great they took care of her," Rhonda Weithman said.

She said Rachel chose to support the cancer program because her grandfather was a cancer patient.

Rhonda Weithman said Rachel read about the "Pink Lemonade Brigade" in the newspaper and decided to register to be a part of it.

"We just thought it looked really cool, and she loves being entrepreneurial and also doing these service projects," Rhonda Weithman said.

Rachel had 120 cans of lemonade to sell and raised $187 Saturday, Rhonda Weithman said. Many people chose not to buy lemonade and instead made a donation.

"It was a really good experience, and everyone was really supportive," Rhonda Weithman said.

Rachel's fundraising total came to more than $200, as her father promised to match her biggest donations.

Rhonda Weithman said Rachel will take the money to the hospital herself, along with the extra cans of lemonade, which she plans to hand out to the children there.

Rhonda Weithman said the entire family, including Rachel's 9-year-old brother, Josh, had such a good experience with the program that they hope to participate again.

"We will definitely get involved. It's a great way to pick a pet charity," Rhonda Weithman said. "I'm so proud of her that she would want to do that."

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