FORT HOOD — Using the Olympics as a theme, registration for Lemonade Day kicked off at Fort Hood’s Clear Creek Exchange on Saturday.

A brief ceremony began with Fort Hood garrison commander Col. Hank Perry entering the Post Exchange carrying an Olympic “torch.” Lemmy, the Lemonade Day mascot, accompanied Perry to where they lit the Olympic “flame” — which was made of colored paper.

Perry welcomed those in attendance on behalf of Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, who is deployed to Kuwait and Iraq.

“What’s big for us is we are always doing things to better our community,” Perry said.

Chris Burgio brought her grandsons, Malikai Atkinson, 9, and his brother Raidyn Atkinson, 7, to register for Lemonade Day.

“They did it last year,” Burgio said. The boys’ stand was located at the Walmart in Copperas Cove. It was called “Lemonation.”

A big part of Lemonade Day is teaching youngsters to be entrepreneurs, Perry said. They learn to develop a product, market it and refine it.

Lemonade Day will take place the first weekend of May. Area schools will get involved in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Harker Heights, and there will be lemonade stands all over Fort Hood, according to Nieomi King of Fort Hood Family Housing.

Youngsters interested in participating in Lemonade Day can plan to attend one of the free Lemonade Day University — or Lemon U — workshops which will be held in the area.

March 6, Lemon U will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Harker Heights Public Library, 400 Indian Trail.

March 20, The Kouma Community Center, 48810 Washington St., Fort Hood, will host Lemon U at 6:30 p.m.. No visitors pass is necessary, as the location is not within Fort Hood’s security fence.

Related events in April will include a “build your stand” workshops at Fort Hood and Heights Lumber and Supply in Harker Heights. A “brand your stand” workshop and a best tasting lemonade contest will also be held, with locations to be announced later.

The Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day committee organizes lemonade stands in Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and surrounding communities.

Amanda Sequeira, Lemonade Day city director, encourages children and families to register online. “As soon as the registration is complete, participants will have access to Lemonopolis, the digital Lemonade Day community.”

Resources included on the Lemonopolis website are the “real meat behind the program,” Sequeira said. The youngsters will be able to learn about the business structure and even develop a business plan, as well as decide what to do with their Lemonade Day profits.

Additional information is available on the Lemonade Day website: forthood.lemonadeday.org

254-501-7568 | jferraro@kdhnews.com

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