Children learn business skills during Lemonade Day

Parker Toney, Leala Toney and Preston Lewis set up their Summer Paradise lemonade stand outside the Colvard Student Union to sell lemonade to students moving into their dorms during Lemonade Day. (Photo by Mary Rumore, SDN)

Staff Writer

Children set up over 60 lemonade stands across Starkville Saturday for Lemonade Day.

Starkville's Lemonade Day was made possible by the Mississippi State University College of Business, the MSU Entrepreneur Center, Castle Properties and Cadence Bank.

Lemonade Day is a nationwide program that teaches children how to start, own and operate their own business, a lemonade stand.

E-Center Director of Outreach Jeffrey Rupp said the overall goal of Lemonade Day is to encourage entrepreneurship.

"They were supposed to make money and then spend some money so they know what it's like to work hard and earn money and then reward themselves," Rupp said. "They also save some and share some with others, so there's a real giving back to the community aspect of this."

Leala Toney, Parker Toney and Preston Lewis set up their Summer Paradise lemonade stand outside of the MSU Colvard Student Union and served regular lemonade, "tropical" raspberry lemonade and snow cones to students who were moving into their dorms during MVNU2MSU.

Lewis said his favorite part of Lemonade Day was meeting customers and running the ice machine for snow cones.

Leala Toney said preparing for Lemonade Day taught her many business lessons to help prepare her for her future.

"I experienced so much on how to run a business so when I grow up I may open my own business, like a restaurant or something like that," she said.

Elizabeth Anderson, McCarty Overby, Kate Rader and Olivia Anderson set up their lemonade stand, "Paws" for Lemonade, outside of the Oktibbeha County Humane Society in conjunction with Clear the Shelters day.

The girls donated the money they earned during Lemonade Day to OCHS to help with the care of Jessie, a terrier mix with diabetes who requires special care.

"We wanted to raise money for Jessie," Overby said. "She has diabetes and has to get two shots a day, and we felt bad for her."

Jessie is available for adoption at OCHS.

"I learned a lot about sales, and I liked seeing all the people who want to help the shelter," Rader said.

Rupp said despite the stormy weather, all the children had a successful business, which proved the community rallied behind the children to help them reach their goals.

"The first time you do anything, you don't know what the expectation is," Rupp said. "We were hoping for 25 or so stands, but at last count there ended up being over 60."

Rupp said he hopes Lemonade Day spreads across the Golden Trianlge to include West Point and Columbus in the future.