FDL Students Raise Nearly Twenty Thousand Dollars During Lemonade Day

Nothing says summer like seeing a lemonade stand full of smiling children! If you were out and about on Saturday, May 7, you may have seen one of the 52 participating lemonade stands in the Fond du Lac area’s 2nd Annual Lemonade Day event.

More than delicious lemonade, Lemonade Day was the culmination of weeks of learning and hard work. And it all paid off! Each of the student participants received a Lemonade Day backpack that included educational lessons about how to market and run a business. Then on May 7, 2016 students opened and operated their Lemonade “business” and collectively raised nearly $20,000! Through the live experience, they were able to understand the impact of the decisions they made along the way in developing their business plan and they earned real money and used 100% of their profit to spend, save and share based on their business goals.

“Lemonade Day in Fond du Lac motivated a new generation to understand and appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to operate a business,” explained Melissa Worthington, vice president of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.

Over 170 kids signed up to run 52 different lemonade stands, including kids from schools, after-school programs, youth organizations, mentoring programs and more. Each young entrepreneur experienced real-life lesson in economics, showcased their own creativity and were celebrated by the entire Fond du Lac community for their entrepreneurial spirit! 

“The students worked hard to prepare for their stands,” said Worthington. “They made posters and prepared the inventory and were excited to see it all come together as they became business owners for the day.”