By Alex Bunten | The Charlotte News
Alas, summer is over for school kids. When they all get back to class, it’s likely their friends and teachers will ask, “So, what’d you do this summer?”
Many will say they spent their summer days worry free on the shores of Lake Champlain, watching the clouds roll by the mountains, soaking up the sun between. For Charlotters Lila Taylor, 12, and Gabriel Taylor, 9, they were more concerned about what was happening beneath the surface.
According to Lila, the biggest problems affecting the lake now are farm and road run-off, storm water overflow and sewage dumping. And with algae blooms getting more press these days, it’s easy to understand their concern. So they decided to do something about it.
Working with Grace and Nell Kelly-Harvey, Lila and Gabriel have hosted three bake sales on the corner of Lake Road and Thompson’s Point road and they have raised $267 for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. Their goal is to raise $500 and hope to attract matching donors.
“Our best sellers are our triple chocolate chip cookies,” Lila said via email. “We have a ‘pay what ever you wish’ policy, so all the proceeds are by donation.”
In addition to an admirable fundraising goal, Lila and Gabriel also hope to spread their idea. Lila said they want “to inspire other kids to do the same. Last year my class at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School did a bake sale to raise money for the new village farm in Shelburne. This gave us the idea to raise money for the lake.”
To support Lila and Gabriel’s efforts, their next bake sale will be Saturday, September 5, from 1–3 p.m., on the corner of Lake and Thompson’s Point roads. For more information on the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, go to northernlakechamplain.org.