Peyton continues to pay it forward


ALAMOSA—As many know when Peyton Sanchez sets his mind to something, he gets it done.

Peyton’s lemonade stands have become well-known in the Valley as major fundraisers for various causes. This year, 11-year-old Peyton and his family decided to earn money for the Alamosa Alumni Association in honor of the late Jerry Reed.

The family spent Saturday and Sunday of the Summerfest on the Rio serving up delicious, free lemonade and accepting donations for the association.

Peyton and his family (Charlie, Sheila and brother Landon) recently presented their earnings to the association; a total of $2,109.14 was given to the association for the Jerry Reed memorial and scholarship fund.

In addition to the Sanchez family’s lemonade stand, Alamosa Elementary students Kevin and Raeicia Gonzales set up their own stand at home earning $100 to add into Peyton’s funds. Kevin was a classmate of Peyton’s this past year, and he and his sister knew Mr. Reed from the school and wanted to help out.

Peyton said, “I’m honored to be helping Mr. Reed. I didn’t know him very well personally, but I’ve heard a lot.”

During the June 20 meeting, the association had a surprise for Peyton as well. The “Peyton Pay it Forward Scholarship” will be awarded annually in Peyton’s honor. Peyton sets an example that others should take note of.

On paying it forward, he commented, “I want to spread the word to not just kids, but adults in the whole Valley, state and world.”

Keep spreading the word, Peyton.

Captions: The Sanchez family presented a check to the Alamosa Alumni Association on June 20 during their monthly meeting. Pictured are, front row: Sheila, Peyton, Landon and Charlie Sanchez; back row: Isaiah Avila, Ryker Alonzo, Grace Griego, Jennifer Alonzo, Regina Imre, Erika Henderson, Sophia Avila, Sarah Ramirez, Ashley Koppenhafer, Jason Duncan, David and Isabella Avila. Courtesy photos

Kevin and Raeicia Gonzales held a lemonade stand of their own to earn money for Peyton’s fund; they presented $100 to the Sanchez family to add to their total.