HARKER HEIGHTS — Aspiring young entrepreneurs got a lesson on how to build a better lemonade stand from Heights Lumber & Supply associates Saturday afternoon during the “Build-a-Stand Workshop.”
Donning nail aprons and safety goggles, more than 65 youngsters gathered for a safety brief before learning proper nail hammering, sanding and measuring techniques.
“We were super excited to get involved and are excited about the ideas behind Lemonade Day,” said Kelly Eakin, a Heights Lumber & Supply family business partner, about Lemonade Day’s foremost objective to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society. “This teaches kids how to build a storefront and it’s not just limited to selling lemonade. The possibilities are endless.”
The free event, sponsored by the store, included a supply scavenger hunt and a lemon sign-painting station. Inside the store, younger children had to find the lowest-priced items they might need to build their stands and older kids had to find similar items and stay below a $50 budget.
“It’s good to teach kids the value of the dollar,” said Rusty McFadden, a Heights Lumber & Supply sales representative. “Instead of being given things, this makes them work for it.”
Each child who registered received a backpack with a workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day, such as creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors and giving back to the community.
Along the way, Amanda Stephens, city director for the Greater Killeen/Fort Hood Lemonade Day, said children acquire skills in goal-setting and problem-solving and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.
“My kids have been excited about this since they signed up at Chick-Fil-A last month,” said Julie Morel of Nolanville.
Her son, Caden, 8, said he’s excited about building his first lemonade stand because he gets to combine his two favorite things: building and being outside.
“I like to earn money so I can buy toys,” said his sister, Kaylee, 5, about why she will be setting up shop May 4.
Heights Lumber & Supply also provided complimentary wood pallets and a quart of paint for each child to take home, as well as raffling off a custom-built lemonade stand.
For more information, go to www.FortHood.LemonadeDay.org.