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Building their future

Building their future

Saturday, at 2 p.m., Heights Lumber & Supply provided a fun and educational day for learning safety and skills involved in building a stand for upcoming Lemonade Day on May 1st.  

Residents of Killeen, Hadassah, 8, and Elizabeth, 5, Moon, were eager to start preparing for Lemonade Day. Hadassah’s mother, Rebekah Moon said they plan to give some of their money from Lemonade Day to support a friend’s orphanage in Uganda.         

“I’m excited to compete with one of my neighbors,” said Hadassah.  

Hadassah plans to sell smiley-faced cookies she’ll make with her grandmother to help increase her sales.  

Lemonade Day is a free event that helps to give empowerment to youth by learning how to operate their own business. Children are able to learn skills invaluable to success such as goal setting, problem-solving, and self-reliance.

“Today is about building momentum for Lemonade Day. Getting them excited for Lemonade Day and also being able to learn cost effective ways to support their business,” said Amanda Stephens, city director for the greater Killeen/Fort Hood Lemonade Day.

This is the third year Heights Lumber & Supply hosted build-a-stand workshop.  

“It’s a good match for us. We are a family owned business. Teaching kids to be entrepreneurs is important to us,” said Kelly Eakin, sales manager of Heights Lumber & Supply.  

Heights Lumber provided the materials for the workshops, along with a beautifully crafted stand that was raffled off at the end of the event. Heights Lumber also donated pallets and a free quarter of paint for the stands for families to pick up later on if they choose.  

“It’s to have a fun day and learning some building skills,” said Eakin.

Over 50 children participated in the hands-on activities. While parents looked on, children were taught by Heights Lumber employees how to safely measure, nail, and sand. Children were also able to get creative by painting their own wooden lemon sign for their stands.

A new edition to the event was the safety relay race that demonstrated the importance of safety gear.  

“Very exciting. This is fun, learning how to build the stand. I’m excited about the relay race,” said build-a-stand workshop first-timer Betsy Bralley, 7, of Harker Heights.

Mary Bralley, mother of Betsy thought the workshop greatly contributes to the objectives of Lemonade Day.  

“It’s great. They get to learn how to be handy and learn how to earn money,” said Bralley.  

For more information, registration, or becoming a funder, visit https://forthood.lemonadeday.org/  

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Shannon is a military spouse and lived the majority of her life in Washington State. She is currently studying to become a nurse. She enjoys spending her time with her spouse, two dogs, and friends. Her interests are centered around fitness, painting, coffee, and the outdoors.

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