Soon after, her boy was watching some YouTube videos fundraising for various causes and “in his little mind he thought ‘I could do that too.’”
“And this is what it has turned into,” she said, referring to the single-day lemonade charitable event that attracts hundreds of patrons – many of them gladly over-paying for their beverage cup – including Fairfield Twp. police officers and firefighters who stop by and Fairfield Schools Superintendent Billy Smith.
The now-annual tradition, which from year one has featured a large, inflatable dinosaur to help grab passerby’s attention, is further hyped beforehand on social media, adding to even more customers, said Cummings.
Among the boy’s regular customers is also one of his biggest fans, Denise Hayes, principal of his elementary school.
“I just think he is a great role model,” said Hayes, who recently posed for a photo with the boy as both sat on the new playground equipment his profits paid for.
“He is selfless and he puts others’ needs before his own,” she said.
She described Cummings as an earnest and quiet student.
“But you can tell he is a mover and shaker even though he might be one of those kids that may be in the background.”
What the school will do with Cummings’ latest donation of $2,400 is still being decided, said Hayes, but she added “we definitely want to impact as many students as we can” with his gift.