Where the bluebird sings to the lemonade springs

Bill Viscovich, who lives on Grant Road, buys a cookie at Miranda Scott's lemonade stand on Covington Road Sept. 4.

When 9-year-old Miranda Scott heard that family friends in Pass Christian, Miss., lost their home, their possessions, their livelihood and their schools to Hurricane Katrina, she felt she had to do something about it.

Talking her ideas over with her family, the Oak Avenue School fourth-grader decided that money was the best kind of help she could send anyone fleeing Katrina.

On the Sunday before Labor Day, she and a friend set up a lemonade and baked goods stand in front of Blach Intermediate School on Covington Road. By the end of the day, they had amassed nearly $600.

Not so far away, another family friend had the same idea. Annie Winkelman, a freshman at Mountain View High School, and her siblings and friends also earned about $600 with their stand on Portland Avenue.

Miranda's mom and Annie's mom are friends. Ellie Scott learned of Annie's stand, and the two realized their daughters' profits could be combined and matched to make a greater impact. Shane & Co., where Annie's dad, John Winkelman, is employed, agreed to a dollar-to-dollar match of the children's combined $1,200. As a result, the afternoon's work resulted in $2,400 for Miranda's friends and others displaced by the disaster.

The family friends who fled the Gulf Coast are moving to California because, as Miranda's father, Dale Scott, said, "They have nothing to return to." The Scotts are gathering noncash donations to assist this family.

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