• December 28, 2014

Kids test entrepreneurial skills on Lemonade Day

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Terrence Wheeler grabs the attention of customers walking in and out of Tractor Supply Store in Killeen.

Standing beside Tiffany & Terrence’s Terrifically Tasty Lemonade cart at the store’s entrance, Terrence yells, “We’ve got fresh lemonade. Strawberries. Cupcakes.”

Terrence, 13, and his sister, Tiffany, 15, are among many young entrepreneurs who set up stands across the U.S. on Sunday as part of a national initiative.

This year was the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood area’s fifth year participating.

“It’s awesome,” Terrence said. “(I’m learning) how to sell and how to make a profit from a lemonade stand.”

Lemonade Day is an educational initiative designed to introduce youth to entrepreneurship, said Amanda Stephens, a Lemonade Day spokeswoman.

“Children of all ages learn to set goals, develop a plan, secure an investor, create a product, make a profit and give back to their community,” she said.

In Harker Heights, Madelyn Salisbury, 8, set up a lemonade stand outside Wal-Mart.

“I never had made lemonade in my life so I wanted to do it,” Madelyn said.

Participants are encouraged to spend and save some of their profits as well as give some of it to charity.

Terrence said he’s donating half of his earnings to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “because of the commercials.”

“It’s sad,” Terrence said, adding he owns rabbits, dogs, cats and fish. “So we want to help.”

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