This past year, one of the cool things that Noah did as part of his homeschooling was to participate in the annual Lemonade Day.
Lemonade Day introduces kids to entrepreneurship! This citywide event encourages kids to start a lemonade stand and sell their lemonade to the entire community. Schools, community groups and businesses get involved to make this all happen.
Anyone can sign up and pick up a free packet to participate in Lemonade Day every spring. I had Noah’s Dad participate with him as a Father-Son activity. I think they both learned a lot and I tried to stay out of the way (hard sometimes).
They had to arrange a location to set up a lemonade stand. They picked our nearest Kroger. But when they showed up on Lemonade Day someone had already beat them to their location. Turns out the manager had accidentally double-booked the location. Noah had to set up shop an the alternative entrance which had FAR less traffic than the other. They asked the other stand if they’d be willing to trade locations half way through the day but they said no
It turned out to be interesting to see how other families handle Lemonade Day. The other stand had two families working together with their kids in Boy Scout uniforms. They had quite an elaborate display that was clearly not child-made. The children didn’t appear to be doing much work at all. It really rubbed me the wrong way. I can’t imagine those boys learn much from the experience and they probably ended up earning some Boy Scout patch, too. Bah.
The manager agreed to let Noah come back the following weekend to make up for the mess up. So he applied some of the lessons he learned and came more prepared the following weekend. He also decided to earn money toward a cause – Japan Tsnuami/Earthquake Relief. He had a great turn out and great reception. He also had Addy along as a helper so he got to experience paying someone to work for him, as well. He learned to manage money, prepare inventory, set up a display, deal with strangers, and give for charity. It was a fantastic experience.