Lemonade Day in Alaska is coming again! Saturday, May 11th will be the big day this year when the kids set up their stands at their designated spots according to Lemonade Day coordinator January Yaeger with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. “I love Lemonade Day and this is the second year and we will be Peninsula wide this year as Homer and Seward join us this year along with Anchorage and other places in Alaska,” she said. Lemonade Day is a nation-wide endeavor that teaches kids skills they need to be successful in the future says Yaeger. “Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service and give back to the community. Lemonade Day is the perfect opportunity for a community to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging and experiential activity.”
2012 Lemonade Day official statewide statistics show that 2,536 kids registered last year, serving a total of 156,000 cups or drinks, with total revenue of $287,000 and gave to charity $68,000. Impressive for a windy day that wasn’t very lemonade like with the mercury barely above 32 degrees, “It doesn’t just have to be lemonade that the kids sell at their stands, if it’s a cold day like last year they cold have coffee or hot lemonade, chocolate or something appropriate for Peninsula weather, Lemonade Day is just the blanket term for the event,” said Yaeger. Additionally this year Home Depot has gotten involved and is sponsoring a Lemonade Stand workshop on April 20th there will be 16 spaces available for kids at the Home Depot in Kenai where their professionals will teach the kids how to build their lemonade stand and when they leave they will be stand ready for Lemonade Day May 11th.
The program started in Houston, Texas in 2007 by a philanthropist and entrepreneur named Michael Holthouse and last year more than 30 cities across the nation participated in Lemonade Day. “Here’s how it works,” explained Yaeger, “A child registers here at the Chamber office or on line at www.alaska.lemonadeday.org with a caring adult either a parent, troop leader, teacher etc. and receives a free backpack with a step by step guide on how to have a successful experience and walks you through the process of starting your own little business, but to participate you have to register and now is the time to do that,” she said. “This is also the time we need volunteers, mentors and sponsors to step up so we can ensure this is a free program for youth in our area as well as business owners to volunteer to host a stand location in front of their store and you can do that by contacting me at the Chamber office. It’s an awesome program and a great opportunity to be part of something that could profoundly change a child’s life,” said Yaeger.
For more information call the Soldotna Chamber at 262-9814.