Nieomi King buys lemonade from Yabdiel Castro, 10, Wednesday during the Lemonade Day ribbon cutting event at Fort Hood.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

FORT HOOD — Lemonade Day weekend began Thursday with a celebration of Fort Hood’s youngest entrepreneurs who set up lemonade stands during a ceremony at the front entrance of III Corps Headquarters.

More than 2,500 children registered for this year’s Lemonade Day, which officially begins Saturday.

Lemonade stands popped up throughout the Fort Hood area, including Harker Heights, Killeen, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove and Belton, said Amanda Stephens, city director for Lemonade Day in the Fort Hood area.

Kids who registered received workbooks containing 14 lessons on how to start, own and operate a lemonade business, said Stephens.

“Each of these Lemonade Day businesses are owned, ran and operated by Fort Hood residents,” she said.

The ceremony was presided over by Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood’s garrison commander, and was attended by Copperas Cove Mayor Frank Seffrood, as well as local businesses that contributed to the program.

“I want to welcome you all to Fort Hood and say thank you to the community for helping us put this together,” said Fox. “This is a great opportunity to teach our children a little bit about entrepreneurship and hopefully philanthropy as well.”

Thomas Carroll, 14, along with his sister Tamia, 11, said most of the proceeds go to supporting local charities, and that the experience has led him to want to focus on one day opening his own business.

“I’d just kind of like to go out there and start my own thing and come up with different ideas and try it,” Carroll said. “Basically, we just want to give back to the community.”

Iliana Lopez and Laura Acosta, both 11 years old, completed their classes online and were able to put their newly acquired skills to work quickly.

“I like it a lot because it teaches kids about financial literacy and how to run their own business,” said Lopez.

The two were giving away a majority of their proceeds to charities as well.

This was Acosta’s first Lemonade Day event and she was excited at the opportunity to learn a new skill.

“I thought it was really fun and cool for little kids to learn how to use money and make their own business, especially at such a young age,” Acosta said.

Acosta said it has also encouraged her to pursue her own business one day.

For one parent, it was a great opportunity to enhance skills her child had already started learning in school.

“In 5th grade they teach financial literacy skills and so they know how to do budgeting,” said Bethany lopez, Iliana’s mom. “This is just allowing them to put those skills into action, make money and choose what to do with it.”

jdouglas@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

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