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Children Across State Participate In Lemonade Day

Children are setting up lemonade stands Saturday in in Indianapolis, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Bloomington.

Pences Buy Lemonade

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence buy lemonade from a stand set up at the Statehouse on Friday, May 17, 2013.

More than 20,000 children Saturday will set up lemonade stands across Indiana as part of Lemonade Day, an initiative aimed at teaching children about starting and running a business.

Children in at least seven Indiana cities will participate in the nationwide-effort. Working with local businesses, kids and their parents set up and operate lemonade stands and then donate some of the proceeds to charity.

Indiana inventor and entrepreneur Scott Jones, who helped launch the program in Indianapolis four years ago and watched it spread around the state, calls it an old school way to teach children the new world of business.

“The ones who are out there for the first time, they’ll be afraid to even ask for the money and they’ll not even think of that and their hand will be shaking when they first start,” Jones says. “But by the end of the day they’re jumping into the street, screaming to the rooftops, ‘I’ve got the best lemonade in town!’”

Governor Mike Pence kicked off the event Friday at the Statehouse where he and First Lady Karen Pence bought glasses of lemonade and helped slice lemons. Pence says Lemonade Day is a great way to teach vital skills.

“Kids are learning the value of entrepreneurism and business and also the value of giving back and so it’s a very special program,” he says.

Locations around Indiana Saturday include stands in Indianapolis, Elkhart, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Bloomington.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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