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Lemonade Day Helps Kids Learn To Start A Business

Reported: May. 3, 2014 5:15 PM EDT
Updated: May. 3, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) -- All across the country Saturday, some young people were learning a pretty important real-world lesson.

It was National Lemonade Day.

The initiative is designed to give kids the skills and opportunity to start and run their very own business - a lemonade stand!

Local business experts partnered with students from Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston to serve up some tasty drinks at Capitol Market.

Proceeds from the lemonade stands benefit scholarships and programs at the school.

Those participating in the event had to undergo a lot of planning before putting their lemonade up for sale.

“Each group and each child that participates in Lemonade Day must first complete a business plan for their stand, so they go through budgeting, purchasing, advertising, picking the perfect site location - everything that would be put into a business plan,” Matthew Thompson, the state director of Vision Shared, Inc., said. “These kids had to complete and actually do on their own.”

This year--more than a million kids in 100 cities took part in lemonade day...about three thousand of those right here in the mountain state.

-- Photo: Ross & Bryant Musick of Hurricane sold classic, strawberry, and Arnold Palmer mixed lemonade at the Hurricane Main St Festival for Lemonade Day / Photo courtesy of Vision Shared, Inc.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Students in nine West Virginia counties set up lemonade stands as part of an educational initiative that teaches young people how to become entrepreneurs.

The nonprofit group Vision Shared organized Saturday's Lemonade Day event.

Statewide director Matthew Thompson says participants are taught how to create budgets, set profit-making goals, serve customers, repay investors and give back to the community.

Lemonade stands were set up Saturday in Berkeley, Cabell, Hampshire, Hardy, Kanawha, Mingo, Monongalia, Putnam and Upshur counties.

Lemonade Day was founded in 2007 in Houston.

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