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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Lemonade takes over Heights

Lemonade takes over Heights

Freshly squeezed lemons, baked goods, and unique lemonade flavors made Sunday afternoon a little sweeter. An abundance of lemonade stands adorned the front of local businesses, neighborhoods, and street corners for the Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day.

“I think it would be really fun to get out of the house and make fresh lemonade for everyone,” said Elijah Grandel, of Fort Hood at his The Big Lemon Stand.

Elijah got into the entrepreneurship spirit by making a variety of flavors: kiwi, strawberry, and regular, with a touch of mint to accomplish his goal to save up for a gaming consul.

“This day teaches the kids the importance of making their own money and saving towards their goals. It’s a good life skill,” said Amber Archie, who helped Elijah with his lemonade stand.

A group of young Harker Heights Lemonade Day participants was Ryan Shine, 11, Rylee Bethune, 9, and Lauren Allison, 9, of Ryan’s Rockin Lemonade and Rylee’s Sweet Treats Stand.

“One of our favorite parts is just to talk to other people and meet new people,” said Allison.

Their profits were divided up by 33 percent towards repaying costs, 33 percent towards savings, and 34 percent to their chosen charities Wreaths for Vets and Ryan’s local church he attends.

“Part of their learning is how to develop and run a business.  For their rice crispy bars, taste testing the products and finding that they could save a $1.09 per box if they used the HEB brand over Kellogg’s. It’s a good lesson,” said grandmother, Jean Shine.

“We think it’s a good thing to support.  We thought it was just going to be lemonade, but we got cupcakes too!” said customer of Rylee’s and Ryan’s stands, Cayce Funderburk of Harker Heights who was impressed by the variety of treats that accompanied the lemonade.

Veteran Lemonade Day participant since 2012, Lane Sopko, 9, was out at the Harker Heights Walmart to save and donate for a good cause.

“We have three kinds, rosemary blackberry lemonade, regular, Arnold Palmer, and sweet tea,” said Sopko as his trainee, Piper, 5, helped put the straws in the drinks to hand out to customers.

100 percent of the tips/donations and 50 percent of sales went towards Killeen firefighter and paramedic, Patrick Bergman who was diagnosed with brain cancer two months ago.

“Seeing Patrick to come out and also support him,” said Lane explaining one of his favorite parts of Lemonade Day.

Lane’s Major League Lemonade stand was able to make a donation of $744.00 for Bergman to assist with medical treatments and radiation therapy.


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