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Malvern School Students and Staff Turn Lessons About Giving Back into $130,000+ Donation to Help Children with Cancer

Life lessons make a lasting impression when children have opportunities to get involved, not just sit back and listen. That’s the idea behind The Malvern School’s character-building curriculum and philanthropic partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), which take a hands-on approach to teaching young children about the importance of giving back. Putting these lessons into action, Malvern School students and staff across 27 locations raised $130,768.89 in 2023 alone to help ALSF support children fighting cancer. The Malvern School presented this donation to ALSF at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 9 at the Radisson Hotel Northeast in Trevose.

“The Malvern School’s students embody the same hopeful, selfless spirit as our founder Alex Scott, who hosted her first lemonade stand to help other children battling cancer when she was just four years old,” says Christie Fischer, Senior Community Engagement Manager at ALSF, who accepted the check on the nonprofit’s behalf. “To see Alex’s legacy live on through our partnership – and to know these young children, their teachers and families are making a real difference – is extraordinarily special. We are extremely grateful for their support.”

The Malvern School began partnering with ALSF in 2008. This year’s fundraising activities included hosting lemonade stands, lemon relays, art auctions, family dining events, carnivals and much more.

With this donation, The Malvern School community has raised more than $1.3 million in total for the cause. This support has funded more than 25,000 hours of research, leading toward cures and improved quality of life for children with cancer. The Malvern School’s donations have also contributed to programs like SuperSibs and Travel For Care that help families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

In addition to the check presentation, the ceremony recognized:

  • Highest School Contributor: The Malvern School of Glen Mills
  • MVP: The Malvern School of Voorhees
  • Crow for a Cause Fundraising Winner: The Malvern School of Voorhees
  • All Malvern School locations that reached their 2023 fundraising goals: Malvern, Frazer, Glen Mills, Lionville, Richboro, Voorhees, Royersford, Horsham, Montgomeryville, Newtown Square, Warrington, Medford, Oaks, Blue Bell and Malvern Day Camp
  • Top Corporate Partner: MacMain Law

“These efforts represent an enormous amount of dedication from our teachers, Directors, staff and families in teaching our young friends that little people can be big helpers,” says Kristen M. Waterfield, Founder and President of The Malvern School. “These are lessons and experiences that will stay with them as they grow and continue to put more good out into the world.”

Learn more about The Malvern School’s partnership with ALSF here.

About The Malvern School
The Malvern School, part of the Busy Bees family, is a year-round private preschool for ages six weeks to eight years. Founded in 1998, The Malvern School believes in developing the whole child in a nurturing, yet engaging environment and offers an innovative curriculum that has raised the bar in early childhood education. Today, The Malvern School has 27 locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and central and southern New Jersey and is dedicated to providing curriculum that is designed to meet or exceed the highest standards established by the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest early childhood accrediting organization.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $250 million so far, funding over 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit

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