Children around Lubbock set up shop at tables and booths around the city, selling lemonade and other refreshments as part of the annual Lemonade Day community-wide event.
Organizations including United Family stores and the YWCA promoted Lemonade Day 2022 as a way to encourage children to learn about entrepreneurship.
For 8-year-old Hope Campos, it was a first chance to run her own business.
“My mom told me I could sell lemonade and I thought it would be a cool thing to do,” she said.
On Saturday morning, she picked prime real estate, setting up shop in a high-traffic location in front of Amigos supermarket on North University Avenue to sell the strawberry lemonade, cherry lemonade, lemon-vanilla cupcakes and other treats she made with the help of her mother.
Her stand also happened to be the location of a Lemonade Day kick-off event hosted by the United Family and YWCA Saturday morning.
Recently retired United Family CEO Robert Taylor was among her first customers, buying a glass of her lemonade and eying some of those cupcakes.
In the weeks leading to Saturday’s communitywide event, kids across Lubbock had registered for Lemonade Day, secured a loan on Bank Loan Day through First United Bank, attended workshops, school assemblies, received a free T-shirt, participated in the online training, and more to ensure they are prepared for sweet success from owning and operating their own business.
Along the way, participants learned valuable life lessons such as making a plan, working out that plan, providing excellent customer service, and ultimately earning their very own money, according to a news release from United. Through the event, local business sponsors, schools, non-profit organizations, and government leaders come together to impact the lives of area youth.
To do their part, community members were asked to help supply the demand, with United and the YWCA encouraging people to buy three glasses of lemonade at stands around the city.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lemonade Day gives Lubbock kids the business