Level Homes provided 50 lemonade stands to the first 50 students who registered for the second annual Lemonade Day Louisiana event at Americana in Zachary in April.

Lemonade Day was first brought to Louisiana in 2010 by entrepreneurs John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, who both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stands as children.

The goal of Lemonade Day is to empower youths to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society. Each child who registers to participate receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches the 15 lessons of Lemonade Day including creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors and giving back to the community.

Participating youths keep all the money they make during Lemonade Day and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

Stands were constructed and erected inside the Americana development at The Pointe, and awards were presented in several categories.

In May, The Design Studio owner Becky Walker, also the director of community relations for Americana, presented the winning students with certificates, prize money and Raising Cane’s gift baskets.

Winners included the following:

  • INDIVIDUAL/STAND EARNING THE MOST MONEY: Gabrielle Anthony, Rollins Place Elementary, $250 from Americana
  • SCHOOL EARNING THE MOST MONEY: Rollins Place Elementary, $250 from Americana
  • BEST DECORATED STAND: Yahe’li Holiday, Zachary Elementary, $150 from The Design Studio
  • MOST CREATIVE MARKETING STRATEGY: Students Aubrey Beadle, Ellie Godbold, Caroline Kinchen, Berkley Reitzell, London Simmons, Luke Smith and Sutton Williams, Rollins Place Elementary, $150 from Americana
  • SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD: Chloe Gibbins, of St. Alphonsus Elementary, and Tamie Pryer, of Port Allen Elementary, $100 from Americana