Volunteers have started loading backpacks bound for more than 20,000 young entrepreneurs expected to participate in the sixth annual Lemonade Day Louisiana on April 30.

The free, statewide program is dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own business by running a lemonade stand. The backpacks are loaded with detailed workbooks that include marketing tips and advice for getting started.

Among those kicking off this year’s Lemonade Day activities Thursday in Baton Rouge at the LSU E. J. Ourso College Business Education Complex were John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in Baton Rouge. The two introduced the national program to Louisiana in 2010.

Other participants Thursday were Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, Lemonade Day Louisiana Baton Rouge City Champion Chris Ferrari and Lafayette City Champion Richard Zuschlag.

More than 75,000 children in Louisiana have participated in Lemonade Day’s program since 2010.