For the first time, New York City and connecting boroughs, will participate in Lemonade Day, a free, community-wide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own business through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day takes place every year around the country and this year, it will take place in New York City on June 3rd, 2012. Please refer to the attached documents.
The goal is to have new entrepreneurs set up their lemonade stands in Central Park, Prospect Park and in other strategic locations throughout the five boroughs to learn a valuable lesson for business success in their youth: don’t wait to find a job, create one!
Lemonade Day provides youth with many life lessons including saving for the future and this year the lead supporters will help teach these lessons across New York City. Through the program, New York City youth learn real life skills that teach them experiential learning by owning and operating their own business. They also gain the opportunity to “spend a little, save a little and share a little,” by donating a portion of their profits to a local charity of their choice. After covering expenses and paying back their investors, the children are encouraged to open a youth savings account.
Lemonade Day is a part of Prepared 4 Life, a non-profit that provides fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day was born in Houston in 2007, and was inspired by the lessons local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Michael Holthouse, taught his young daughter and her friend when they set-up their own lemonade stand. Since then it has grown to a nationwide program, and this year Lemonade Day will expand to over 40 cities.
We would welcome the opportunity of having the students and families of PS 372 to participate in this event. Our school would be one of the first schools in Brooklyn to participate. This event would be a wonderful fundraiser for the school, the PTA or class project event. Each child can elect to set up a lemonade stand in front of their homes, in the park or on school property with permission of course. Please contact me with any questions or to coordinate receiving Lemonade Day Backpack materials for each family and/or child.
For more information please visit www.nyc.lemonadeday.org to learn more about this event. We hope you will join the thousands of other children throughout New York and the nation in making Lemonade Day NYC a huge success!
Jacqui Howard Sicignano
Executive Director of Culture