Lemonade Day, a national educational initiative, provided Kalamazoo Public Schools students with the opportunity to learn about important math, business, and social skills in the spring and summer.
Students at Lincoln International Studies School and Prairie Ridge Elementary School held their events before the end of the school year, while Washington Writers’ Academy and King-Westwood Elementary School held their lemonade stands in June.
During Lemonade Day, students set up lemonade stands to sell the summery drink to other students and members of the community. Students determine the pricing, sales pitches and flavor of the lemonade (sweet or sweeter).
Washington Writers’ Academy Summer Learning teacher Tammo Nelson said, “Lemonade Day taught the students what entrepreneurship was. They learned how to make a business plan, the importance of advertising, how to make a budget, donate, save, and spend.
“The students learned how to compromise with the members of their team and that everyone has to have a voice.”
Coordinated by the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency’s Career and Technical Education, the program has been held at schools around the county for the past two years.