Lemonade Day paid off for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The shelter was the recipient of proceeds raised by students from Amy Sharp and Edna Armstrong’s fourth-grade classes at Ford Elementary in Oak Ridge. The effort was part of the national Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate a business.
The Woodlands Children’s Museum organized the event. The museum’s outreach and education coordinators Kristine McCool and Bev Childs helped the students create their business plan.
McCool said the museum wanted to support the national effort to help children become more business savvy.
“This year we wanted to make a bigger impact in children’s financial literacy through this great program,” she said.
The museum presented the outreach program to Conroe Independent School District during an introductory meeting. Janeia Biggens, a counselor at Ford Elementary, attended and later contacted the museum, hoping her students could take advantage of this free educational program.
McCool and Childs developed a two-week curriculum based on the workbooks included in the Lemonade Day program.
“We visited Ford Elementary for 45 minutes a day for two weeks preparing the students to hold their own lemonade stand,” McCool recalled. “We discussed topics such as budgeting, purchasing, marketing, investors, loans and customer service.”
They also discussed how to handle the proceeds.
“The focus of Lemonade Day teaches children that every successful business owner spends a little, shares a little and saves a little of the money that they make,” McCool said.
These students, however, decided to share 100 percent of their earnings with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.
The fourth graders chose to set up their stand in front of the school on Sunday, May 5.
“They were encouraged to work in two hour shifts, but almost all of them showed up first thing in the morning and stayed to help until closing,” McCool said.
They made signs to hold up by the roadside. When this did not attract customers, the students made new posters with bigger, bolder words.
At the end of the day, the lemonade stand raised $253.
“The museum is dedicated to advancing financial literacy throughout the community, and we think that Lemonade Day is a wonderful way to do that,” McCool said. “It makes learning about business concepts and finance fun and accessible.”
The Woodlands Children’s Museum has several outreach programs. To learn more about the museum, its hours of operation and ways to support the nonprofit, visit www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org or call 281-465-0955.