I Love Lemonade Day!!!
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Aren’t these children precious!!! I got to meet a few of them today, they were so much fun!
I was sooo excited to be able to attend the Annual Lemonade Day Awards Luncheon at The Federal Reserve Bank in Houston today. The interns missed the tour of the bank with the kids, but we really enjoyed being able to celebrate with them. All of the finalist from Lemonade Day Houston were invited, and they received certificates and trophies for their accomplishments. The contest were: Most Successful Business (most profitable), Best Lemonade Stand (cutest and most creative), and Best Tasting Lemonade. They were so happy to be there, and so excited to receive their certificates and trophies.
A really important part of Lemonade Day is teaching these kids how to develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. The kids who participate borrow from investors to get the materials they need for their stand, and after Lemonade Day they pay their investors back, keep some for themselves, and/or donate some to a philanthropic cause of their choice. I was blown away at each of the different causes that these children donated part or all of their Lemonade Day earnings to. The causes ranged from kids with autism, church foundations, homeless individuals, and the zoo. Two that really touched me were three girls who donated their earnings to their friend who was diagnosed with brain cancer, and a girl scout troop who gave their earnings to their very own troop leader whose husband was in the late stages of cancer and passed away soon after. Truly Amazing. Even at a young age, these children made it very clear that they truly cared.
The 3rd place winner of the Most Successful Stand Award summed it up perfectly in her victory speech: “I learned how to run a business, be successful, and give back.”
That is truly what Prepared 4 Life’s Lemonade Day is all about.
*Iman GP-Lemonade Day Atlanta