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Pint-sized graduates prepare for Lemonade Day

Pint-sized graduates prepare for Lemonade Day

Nine children graduated from Lemonade Day University last Thursday night at Harker Heights Activities Center. The entire degree was crammed into a two hour course and the graduates are now ready to work on their business plans for Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day occurs every year on the first Sunday in May; this year it will be held on May 1, 2016.

“The kids at Lemonade Day University go through the lessons in the workbook. They work on the logistics of a lemonade stand to include creating a stand, a name and advertising,” said Samantha Ricciardi, Lemonade Day Fort Hood employee. “We also teach them to give back to the community. Without the community, they would not have business.”

Lemonade Day as described on Lemonade Day’s website is a free, fun experiential program that teaches children how to start, own, and operate their own business using the model of a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day is an opportunity for families, businesses, community organizations, and schools to unite for a common purpose; to train the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“I think this is fabulous. This program has blossomed my daughter Randi. She is now doing pageants and she never would have done those before participating in Lemonade Day,” commented KIm Salazar, Killeen resident. “She places at every pageant now.”

The children got busy drawing the blueprints of their future lemonade stand on paper. Employees from H-E-B looked at all the drawings and awarded a prize to the stand they thought looked the best. The prize was a $25 gift card for the budding business owner to use for lemonade supplies.

“Lemonade Day University is something new the Lemonade Day committee worked on last year. This year we started it and we partnered with Dell and NAACP has also partnered. We take the kids through the business plan process and how it is to be executed. They go through their journal, get a certificate and a Lemonade Day Passport,” said Tameka Moultrie, president, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “We want them to try and participate in all the events before May 1st. NAACP encourages economic growth and preparing young people to achieve their goals.”

The children that attended this event and other future Lemonade Day events will get stickers to put in their passports. When their passport is full they will be entered to win a grand prize from Dell Military at Lemonpalooza.

“It was fun! I made about $300 last year and bought a piano and it was great,” commented Emily Sinner, Harker Heights resident.

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