Lemonade Day

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | | 4 comments
May 19th is Lemonade Day in Bloomington, IN. A day when kids across town set up the most adorable lemonade stands I've ever seen, offer homemade lemonade (often from real lemons), and tasty treats. Eric and I enjoyed a chocolate chip cookie and a mini apple pie from the lemonade stand pictured below. Huxley even got a homemade dog treat!

This is what the Bloomington Lemonade Day website has to say about this event:
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011 – including ours!

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, 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.

I'll admit, I wanted to stop at every single stand, take pictures, reward the kids for their hard work and all that they learned. But stands were literally ALL OVER town. There were over 20 locations with lemonade stands, and many locations hosted more than one stand. Not to mention, there were many neighborhoods not even listed!

The best part of all, the kids were actually learning something! Their lessons included all of the following:
Financial Literacy & Economics
capital equipment & consumables
supply & demand
credit, debt, gross & net income
marginal utility
return on investment
compound interest

College Readiness & Career
critical thinking & collaboration
interest in attending college
civic responsibility
customer service
teamwork & problem solving
presentation skills & design

Life Skills/Personal Development
belief that attaining goals is within reach
personal productivity
self-direction & time management
social responsibility & charity
high order thinking
social skills & self confidence

math calculations
reading & interpreting data
oral & written communication


April in Photos

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | | 0 comments

1. Feast Restaurant
2. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
3. Huxley getting dangerously close to jumping off the balcony
4. Raising money for The Purple Dress Project and CCFA
5. Huxley being cute
6. Easter flowers sent from my Mommy and Daddy
7. Latin Jazz concert at Indiana University
8. Silk-dyed Easter Eggs
9. Students designing a Foursquare badge for IU Plaid
10. Professional development books from ASCD
11. Truman missing me, it has been too long since I've seen him
12. Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Fashion Show
13. My student curated this exhibit in Mathers Museum of World Cultures
14. PEO Reciprocity Meeting in Nashville, IN
15. Big Windy
16. SIFE IUB won SIFE Regionals in Chicago
17. A beautiful day outside my office window
18. Huxley is always laying in cute positions
19. A great quote inside a DOVE Chocolate wrapper
20. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
21. Eric made delicious champagne cocktails
22. Attending the CCFA Take Steps Kick-off in Indy
23. Trashion Refashion show in Bloomington, IN
24. The 1st Official Purple Dress Project Day
25. Bright sunshiny day
26. Two of my favorite boys
27. IU campus is in bloom
28. My parents are moving to St. Louis
29. Relaxing at home
30. Huxley is cute all the time

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