SALEM, NH (CBS) – A 7-year-old Salem, New Hampshire girl is taking it upon herself to repair a playground burned down by arsonists.

Cheyenne Barrett opened a lemonade stand Monday to raise money to rebuild the playground at the Haigh Elementary School.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic Reports

“I thought it would be good for this school. We would have more fun stuff to play on,” Barrett said.

Barrett welcomed customers from all over. Plenty of customers, including members of the local fire department, stopped by to donate and sip lemonade.

By closing time, Barrett had raised $273, which is nowhere close to the estimated replacement cost, but principal Christine Honey-Nadeau says Barnett has inspired many more to help.

“So there is a possibility, depending on fundraising and insurance, that we might be able to rebuild a structure similar to what we had,” Honey-Nadeau said. “We always say something good comes out of something bad. It’s brought our school community even closer, (with) people lending a hand to help.”

Honey-Nadeau says it will cost $40,000 to rebuild the playground.


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