By Amanda Foust
Selling lemonade is traditionally one of the first ways young children experience a taste of entrepreneurship. Today, Lemonade Day has become a statewide fundraiser introducing students to a world of business.
Eagle Elementary’s second-grade class and Zionsville Community High School’s entrepreneur students have partnered for the school’s first Lemonade Day Fundraiser May 13.
“We are going to set up lemonade stands throughout the high school during lunch periods and the second grade will come over to sell to the students,” ZCHS business teacher Jonathan Grismore said.
Second-grade teacher Candace Hons has let her class take the lead and plan the details of their stands by making the important decisions of what each group plans to sell, charge and make in profit. They are even planning ways to market themselves through jingles.
“They have to come up with profit margins, material costs and then determine their cost for profit,” Hons said.
The funds raised on Lemonade Day go toward upgrading Eagle Elementary’s damaged playground. At the beginning of the year, the second-grade class met with Recreation Unlimited to determine what replacements need to be made and how much they will cost.
“(The class) did a craft show, hosted a snack stand, a bingo (event), and a garage sale,” Hons said. “They are working toward their goal of $5,595.”
The class had raised $2,000 before the garage sale and lemonade stand. In addition to bringing in funds, the idea is also to bring the different schools together.
“I’m really excited to see all these kids experience what we are doing similarly in our curriculums,” ZCHS senior Katie Bakayasa said. “I find this so cool they are exposed to this at such a young age.”
Lemonade Day is not all business. A lot of the experience is fun as well.
“I am most excited about making the lemonade and the stand because it might be really fun, and I like really fun stuff,” Eagle Elementary second-grader Henry Huffman said.
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