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Okotoks youth turning lemons into lemonade

WHEN LIFE BRINGS YOU LEMONS - Eight-year-olds Emma Glowatsky, right, and Jesse Louden sell lemonade and treats at their "Okotoks Living Lemonade Train" during Lemonade Day in Okotoks on June 13. Proceeds from their sales will support the Rowan House Emergency Shelter in High RIver.

WHEN LIFE BRINGS YOU LEMONS – Eight-year-olds Emma Glowatsky, right, and Jesse Louden sell lemonade and treats at their “Okotoks Living Lemonade Train” during Lemonade Day in Okotoks on June 13. Proceeds from their sales will support the Rowan House Emergency Shelter in High RIver.

When life gives you lemons, use them to teach children entrepreneurial skills.

That’s the motto on June 11 when Okotoks will be taking part in Lemonade Day – an initiative across North America that teaches kids about running their own business by setting up a lemonade stand for a day.

The second annual event is expected to host as many as 125 stands throughout the community, and while residents will receive a sweet treat, organizer and town councillor Tanya Thorn said the day goes far beyond just turning lemons into lemonade.

“This is really about teaching kids how to make a plan, how to work that plan, and how working that plan helps them achieve a goal,” Thorn said.

Children who participate won’t just get a chance to make a profit at the end of the day, they’ll also receive a backpack and a book with lessons to help them run their business.

“From the basics of creating and setting a goal, to how to purchase for their product, marketing and advertising, selecting a location and then working their business and achieving their goal is the ultimate outcome,” Thorn said.

One of the lessons in the book also teaches children about the value of giving back to the community. Each lemonade stand owner is required to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity.

“I think teaching our youth at a young age the value of philanthropy and giving back and what it can do for them is key to creating successful businesses going forward in the future,” said Thorn.

Registration for the event closed in April, but those looking for more information can visit Okotoks.lemonadeday.org.

Caption: Lemonade stands will pop up all over Okotoks for the second annual Lemonade Day June 11.

 

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