Influencer of the Week: Kylie Konstand, Windermere Preparatory School

WPS third-grader Kylie Konstand raised more than $600 for Matthew's Hope by running a lemonade stand.

  • By
  • | 1:28 p.m. December 4, 2019
  • West Orange Times & Observer
  • Neighborhood
  • Share

At just 8 years old, Windermere Prep third-grader Kylie Konstand has a big heart and propensity for serving others. Kylie recently held her second lemonade stand to raise money for Matthew’s Hope, a faith-based homeless outreach ministry serving West Orange County. This year, Kylie raised $205 in online donations, plus $638 made from her lemonade stand. 


What made you want to raise money for Matthew’s Hope?

We visited New York City, and I saw a lot of people living on the sidewalk. My parents explained that we have people at home without a house or even food, and I wanted to help.

Why did you decide to start a lemonade stand?

Our neighborhood has a big garage sale every summer, and it gets really busy. And everyone likes lemonade. At first, I thought about shopping for slime supplies, but my mom asked if there was anyone I wanted to help, and I remembered wanting to help someone without a home.

What was your favorite thing about your experience?

The feeling that I was helping someone have a better life.

You’re a student at Windermere Prep. What do you like about your school?

All the teachers are nice, and it’s a good education.

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

The nicest thing someone has done for me is spent time with me, playing and helping with my homework.

What is your favorite restaurant and favorite meal?

I like Bar Taco and cheese quesadillas.

Why did you decide to have your friends help you with your lemonade stand?

My friends Julia Barry and Claudia Ramirez helped me, because I only have two hands, and they wanted to help others, too. It can be a little scary, too, trying to stop cars and ask for money by yourself. Of course, my parents were there to help, but it was scary at first and then fun. My friends made it more fun.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go and why?

My favorite vacation is skiing, but I want to go back to New York City to visit more cool places.

What kind of music do you like to listen to, and who is your favorite singer or band?

I like all music, but I like to dance to Kidz Bop.

What is your favorite school subject and why?

I love math because I’m good at it.

What was it like giving the money you made to Matthew’s Hope? What were their reactions?

Mr. Scott (Billue) is very nice and was happy. It felt good to help.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I would be invisible so I could eat more candy, and fly like Superman to help others.


Latest News