Lemonade Day in Maine

Joy Hollowell

Updated 2 years ago

You may have noticed a lot of lemonade stands around the area Sunday.There’s a reason for that…June 3rd is Lemonade Day in Maine.It’s part of a national movement that started back in 2007, in an effort to get kids motivated about money.Joy Hollowell tells us more.===”I think we’d like two Rice Krispie Treats and two small lemonades.”When life gives you lemons, otherwise known as pouring rain, you have to do a lot more than make lemonade to attract business. Just ask Ashley King and Olivia Hoover.”For the first 10 customers that come to our stand, they get a free balloon,” explains King.Marketing, promotion- this isn’t your average lemonade stand. In fact, it’s all part of Lemonade Day in Maine. The program is designed to teach kids how to run their own business. Those that signed up received a back pack full of teaching tools and worksheets including loans and profit margins.”The day that she got her pack, she came home and set up a bulletin board with all her plans tacked to it and her logo designs and was ready to go,” said Anita Crane, Ashley’s mother.Sunshine Lemonade set up shop in Stillwater Park. The trio of sellers offered regular as well as a gourmet basil lemonade. “We all came up with it together,” said Denali Smith. “We tried 3 different kinds- we tried ginger, thyme and basil. But we decided that basil is the best tasting out of the three.”They all decided to donate a quarter of their profits to the rain forest. And if that isn’t incentive enough…”If you buy lemonade or something from us, you can register for a free night stay at the Ramada Inn,” says Smith.Issac was on a different sort of mission with his lemonade stand. He wants his parents to adopt a sibling for him.”He wanted a baby brother for Christmas and that didn’t happen,” explains his mother, Jodi Renshaw. “So now he’s taking matters into his own hands.”Rebecca Wood signed up for Lemonade Day when she opened an account at Bangor Savings Bank, one of the sponsors of Lemonade Day in Maine. Woods plans to put her profits in the bank, but first-”I have to pay the person back who helped me buy all the stuff,” explains Wood. “And I have to put 10% to the Bangor Humane Society”Ashley’s mom says the materials provided to them proved invaluable when it came to the value of a lemon.”It made a difference because initially she wanted to do like 40 lemons and make twice as much and when we priced it out, she decided we were gonna make half the batch,” says Crane with a smile.+++If you’d like more information on Lemonade Day in Maine, log onto http://maine.lemonadeday.org/


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