Ten-year-old Olivia Sadnick, a fourth-grade student at Allen School in LaMoille, isn’t too different than the boys and girls with whom she attends school. She’s bright. She’s a bit shy. She smiles easily.
But during a recent fundrasier at the fourth- through eighth-grade school, Olivia was able to think of a way to help other people who were less fortunate, and her efforts gained sweet success.
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LaMoille teacher’s aide Linda Beattie, who helped orchestrate the event at Allen, said this was the second year the school participated in a fundraiser to raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Students were encouraged to bring in change throughout a variety of fun-filled themed days at the school.
Initially, Olivia was able to gather $66 in change for the effort before she decided she wanted to do more.
“I just like to bake,” said Olivia in a matter-of-fact tone. Olivia decided she’d open up a bake shop and sell her home-baked goodies, donating the money she earned to the school fundraiser.
Her first customer was her grandfather, who asked Olivia to make him some peanut butter balls. Her charge was $3, and the project blossomed from there.
A handwritten product and price list included a variety of sweet treats, including cakes, cupcakes, brownies, snowball cookies and more. With the help of Olivia’s mom, Tori Sadnick, the price list and Olivia’s idea of her own bake shop made it to Facebook — and the rest, as they say, is sweet history.
“I started getting more and more orders,” Olivia said. “I think at one time I had about 20 orders.” All of her prices included delivery.
Olivia admitted it was a big undertaking, and oftentimes, the bake shop was hard work. But she still persevered.
“I had to because people were expecting it, and the people with leukemia need the money,” she said.
Olivia said the most popular items were cookies and brownies. Her customers included people who saw her mom’s post on Facebook as well as friends and family members.
While Tori admits “Mom and Dad lost out a little bit” on the items Olivia needed for ingredients, the end result was worth it, Tori said, adding it was a good lesson in giving for her daughter.
When Olivia closed her bake shop, she had earned $215. Adding that amount to the change she had already donated, the fourth-grader turned in just over $280 for her efforts.
Beattie said the school’s goal for the fundraiser was $800, but the students easily surpassed that benchmark. The total donated to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society was $1,003.
Beattie said the fundraiser not only helps those who are ill, but it’s a good teaching lesson for students to realize there are others who are less fortunate than themselves.