ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A lot of piggy banks are empty in north Fulton county, and a lot of people have drunk gallons of lemonade. The result is that the Fulton Science Academy in Alpharetta raised eight times more money than they thought they would, to beat childhood cancer.

More than 500 students donned gold t-shirts, the color for childhood cancer awareness, at a school assembly to unveil how much money was raised throughout September, childhood cancer awareness month.

The school’s original goal of $1,000 became more than $8,000. The students and school leadership were inspired to fight for children, which is why students gave their own money, held lemonade stands and bake sales.

At the assembly, a check for $8,000 was presented to CURE Childhood Cancer.

The money will help fund clinical trials. It’s the largest fundraiser in the school’s history.