Lemonade Day, a fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business — a lemonade stand — began in Houston in 2007 and has grown from 2,700 to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada.
Lemonade Day Louisiana, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by entrepreneur John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, empowers youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society — the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow, according to lemonadeday.org.
Georges and Graves both received their first taste of business by operating lemonade stands as children.
Each child that registers will receive a backpack with an entrepreneur workbook that teaches the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day, such as creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors and giving back to the community.
Along the way, children acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving and gain self-esteem, all critical for future success, the nonprofit said in a news release.
At the end of the day, children get to keep all the money they earned and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.
By participating in Lemonade Day, youth learn about supply and demand; credit, debt, gross and net income; critical thinking and collaboration; civic responsibility; customer service; teamwork and problem solving; math calculations; and oral and written communication among other valuable lessons, the lemonadedaylouisiana.org website says.
Youth are urged to get creative in naming and registering their lemonade stands online so event organizers can send customers their way on Lemonade Day Louisiana, which is May 2.
Local stands already registered include: Briel’s Lemonade Love, 2566 Evanston St., Baker, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Frootie Patootie’s Lemonade and Sweets, 1015 Meadow Glen Ave., Zachary, hours not listed; Macey and Allyson’s Lemonade Stand, 3033 Twin Lakes Court; Zachary, noon to 5 p.m.; Sweet Pink Lemonade Stand, 9234 Redwood Lake Blvd., Zachary, noon to 3:30 p.m. The Sweet Pink stand will be selling lemonade, strawberry lemonade, cookies and cupcakes.
At Americana, Lemonade Day promises to be a sweet, family oriented event from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. May 2.
Food trucks and inflatables will be featured all day as well as the General Lee, the classic car from The Dukes of Hazzard television show.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. YelpBR will host pet adoptions.
At 11:30 a.m., lemonade stands open.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the 3 Piece White band will perform and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. John Schneider, who starred as Bo Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard television series, will perform in concert, closing out the day’s festivities.