CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Students across West Virginia will be participating in a nationwide initiative designed to teach kids how to start, own, and operate their own business by selling lemonade.
The 3rd annual West Virginia Lemonade Day will be held at sites statewide Saturday from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.
Matthew Thompson, Program Director for West Virginia Lemonade Day, said the program takes a classic lemonade stand and brings it to the next level.
“These students that participate actually do a full business plan for their stand. They learn about setting goals, marketing, budgeting, and everything that goes into starting a business,” said Thompson on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”
Nearly 5,000 West Virginia students will participate Saturday and throughout the spring and summer months.
“The goal is to see these kids at a young age sort of spark their interest in entrepreneurship and one day be our next entrepreneurs in the state,” Thompson said.
Anne Melton, a sixth grade student at Mountaineer Montessori School in Charleston, will be participating in Lemonade Day for a second year in a row.
“Being able to meet other people and sell lemonade I think is really fun,” said Melton on “Talkline.”
Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from Mountaineer Montessori will be at Capital Market in the city on Saturday.
The money raised will possibly go to new computer classroom equipment a new tank for Melton’s class pet.
To visit a lemonade stand and check out the full list of sites throughout the state, visit West Virginia Lemonade Day’s Facebook page.