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GUEST REVIEW- LEMONADE DAY REFLECTIONS FROM GLORIA LEE

LEMONADE DAY D.C. SITE #1

It was a very beautiful, sunny day on April 11, 2015.  Traffic was zooming by.  However, what caught my eye was a long, slanted table carefully placed a safe distance from the sidewalk curb, blending in with the flow of passersby.  This table was draped at the bottom in a colorfully bright, attention-grabbing banner that used huge letters to announce this important event:

LEMONADE DAY D.C.

Stacks of cups organized in sets of threes, ice tongs, ice and a money pouch were the essential tools displayed on top of the table.  The lemonade chest was placed under the table.  Six stringed lemons evenly spaced across the table, along with colorful yellow balloons that waved in the air, enhanced the festive occasion.

They—the adorable fourth-grade entrepreneurs—were knowledgeable about their product and were ready for the adventure.  While people were passing by, they echoed together, “Buy lemonade for one dollar!”  One of the entrepreneurs asked customers whether they preferred ice and, after receiving the requests, proceeded to fill the cups with lemonade.  The other entrepreneur took the money and put it in the money pouch.  After the customers paid and moved on, the two entrepreneurs counted the money together and gave each other a big smile.

Customers came in twos, threes, and even fives to purchase the lemonade.  As I watched, sales escalated.  This indeed was a great Lemonade Day for the entrepreneurs.  The excitement lingered.

The parents’ encouragement was fantastic!

LEMONADE DAY D.C. SITE #2

Another entrepreneur, who was only several feet away, was also enthusiastic.  He was positioned away from the sidewalk curb.  His long table was draped at the bottom in a colorfully bright, attention-grabbing banner that used huge letters to announce this important event:

LEMONADE DAY D.C.

The top of the table had a decorative rectangular holder filled with lemonade, containing six lemons arranged vertically. This artistic arrangement, along with the colorful balloons, added just the right flair for this occasion.  The lemonade chest was under the table.

He—the fifth-grade entrepreneur—had all the tools (cups, ice tongs, ice) needed to sell his product.  He was ready and bellowed with a clear voice, “Buy lemonade for one dollar!”  His vocal action encouraged passersby to become customers, which were beginning to come in twos and threes.  He first asked customers whether ice was needed in their cups.  Then he filled the cups with lemonade.  He took the money and placed it in his money envelope.  Whenever he completed a sale, he looked at his mom with a huge smile.

As I watched the interaction he had with his customers, I knew that this day, April 11, 2015, would be a memorable one for him.  The business enterprise got off to a very good start.

 

Gloria Lee is a retired schoolteacher and the author of Jeffrey and Jasmine, Dealing With-Not-So-Easy Dilemmas.  Her passion for education and Washington inspired her to share in the magic of Lemonade Day with us.  She was happy to share her thoughts with the entire community!
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