The lemonade stand is a familiar sight in many area neighborhoods in spring and summer, but on May 1, don’t be surprised if there are a few more than usual.
Lemonade Day is a national program that teaches children how to run a business, all through the model of the lemonade stand. Sponsored by Carmel resident and entrepreneur Scott Jones, Lemonade Day is hosted on May 1 this year across Central Indiana.
“Last year, more than 7,000 kids signed up for Lemonade Day in the area,” said Jami Marsh, who directs the Central Indiana Lemonade Day. “This year, our goal is 10,000, and we really want to reach a much larger area of kids this year too.”
Once children have their official Lemonade Day backpacks, workbooks and other help inside can help them make the most of the experience. Kids have their own workbooks that guide them through designing the stand, picking a good location, advertising their stand and setting goals, and eventually operating their own lemonade stand. Parents and adults also have their own guide to help supplement the process.
“Lemonade Day is great for kids to learn not just business but also important life skills,” said Marsh. “We always encourage at the end of Lemonade Day that kids learn to spend a little, save a little, and share a little to teach them about the money they’ve earned.”
One of the other opportunities with Lemonade Day is a variety of workshops and classes for kids to further help them develop their concept and learn about business, from handling money to marketing. And competitions for the best-tasting lemonade, best stand design and most successful stands help encourage kids in the area to go all out for the big day.
For children interested in participating, visit any local library or a few other select sites in the area to sign up and receive your backpack and workbook. And visit http://indianapolis.lemonadeday.org/ for further information.
Carmel Clay Public Library – 55 4th Ave. SE, Carmel
Fishers Public Library – 5 Municipal Dr., Fishers
Hamilton East Public Library – 1 Library Plz., Noblesville
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library – 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville
Westfield Washington Public Library – 333 W. Hoover St., Westfield
YMCA Greater Indianapolis
Jordan YMCA – 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis
Fishers YMCA – 9012 E. 126th St., Fishers