Copperas Cove Mayor John Hull tastes Jordan Tolbert’s lemonade during a best-tasting lemonade contest April 27. Tolbert, 9, was among 12 young entrepreneurs selected to participate in the contest. Lyric Dixon, 9, won for best overall taste, Kyle Gill, 5, had the most unique lemonade and Madison Scarr, 14, received the best presentation award.

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Children will display their entrepreneurship skills Sunday as they set up lemonade stands across Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove.

From overcoming shyness to achieving the American dream, the children who participate in Lemonade Day are inspired to start their own businesses and have benefited from the initiative in many ways, said Amanda Stephens, city director for Lemonade Day for the greater Killeen area. More than 2,500 children, from pre-kindergarten to high school, signed up to participate this year, and the lessons they learn go beyond the business aspect of entrepreneurship.

“We think that Lemonade Day starts to teach them (empowerment) and to dream big,” Stephens said. The national event is sponsored by the nonprofit Prepared 4 Life.

“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,” according to a news release.

When sales are complete, the young business owners get to keep their profits and are encouraged to “save a little, spend a little and share a little with the community.”

Stephens said older residents should get out in the community and support the young entrepreneurs to teach the next generation how to grow and be successful.

“I hope, more than anything, that (Lemonade Day) shows them the opportunity they have (to take) the creativity ... and the passions they already have in them and gives them the tools to make it reality,” Stephens said. “No matter how old they are or what their circumstances are, there is always an opportunity for them to make a better life.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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