Students to participate in Lemonade Day

Students at Homestead Elementary School are using an old-time concept to learn about entrepreneurship and building a business – by making a lemonade stand and participating in Lemonade Day.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at the school are participating in the program. The group will sell their lemonade from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tygart Valley Little League Fields for $1 per cup. The proceeds will be split between Randolph County Relay for Life, the Tygart Valley Ballfield and Homestead School for playground equipment.

Jennifer Workman, a fourth-grade instructor at Homestead Elementary School, said she thinks the program was a success.

“It is nice to see the students’ enthusiasm with the project,” Workman said. “They took ownership of it. It shows them how things impact their lives now and in the future.”

Lemonade Day is a free, community-wide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own businesses through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a lemonade stand.

Students found sponsors, made a business plan, picked the recipe for the lemonade, advertised for the event and will prepare, serve and sell lemonade at the fields Saturday.

Across the state, other young entrepreneurs will set up stands on Saturday to learn a valuable lesson for business success: Don’t wait to find a job, create one.

The statewide economic and community development organization Vision Shared is behind this pilot project, funded in part by a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Additional support and promotion of Lemonade Day is provided by BrickStreet, the West Virginia Department of Education, Region 1 Workforce Investment Board, Tamarack and the West Virginia Alliance of Sustainable Families.

Pilot schools include Albans Elementary, Bluewell Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Charleston Montessori, Glen Fork Elementary, Homestead Elementary, John J. Cornwell Elementary, Lashmeet Elementary, Meadow Bridge Elementary, Moorefield Intermediate, Mountaineer Montessori, Romney Elementary, Slanesville Elementary, Union Elementary and Webster Springs Elementary.

On Lemonade Day, everyone has a job: either buying or selling lemonade. Residents in pilot communities are encouraged to simply purchase a cup of lemonade from a youth participating in the program.

Student Cole Arbogast of Dailey said he liked the program.

“I think it’s cool that even young children can create big business if they put their mind to it and work really hard,” Arbogast said. “The best part is getting to dress up as a giant lemon.”