Raleigh 2nd graders set up lemonade stand to help teacher’s sick dog

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A selfless act by five Raleigh second graders has received the attention of more than just their teacher.

“One of things that I am very passionate about is dog rescue,” Jennifer Marion said.

It’s how Marion, a second-grade teacher at Root Elementary, met Pearl.


When Marion took in Pearl, a bulldog, she knew there were medical issues, just not how bad.

“She has a pancreatic disorder where it’s hard for her to break down her food to get all the nutrients,” Marion said.

Marion took Pearl to several vets, and she was finally admitted by N.C. State veterinarians into the ICU for 10 days.

That visit cost more than $10,000.

“Every day we saw her slowly gaining more energy,” Marion told CBS North Carolina.

With Pearl being sick, Marion took off several days of work, and her students noticed.

“We wanted to help Ms. Marion and Pearl,” said second grader Grey Lund

And that they did.

Five of Marion’s students set up a lemonade stand with baked goods.


They raised $120 to help with Pearl’s medical costs.

“It feels really good to help dogs,” second grader Wrenn Yancey said.

Marion couldn’t be more thankful.

“One of the major things I like to impart on them is being compassionate about animals and empathy and these girls have clearly proven that they’ve gotten my message,” Marion said.

Here’s how you can follow and help Pearl during her journey:

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