Source: Sherman Publications

Lessons with lemons

June 06, 2012

Students at Springfield Plains Elementary School learned some business skills while offering a refreshing beverage to their classmates, June 1.

In an early celebration of National Lemonade Day, set for June 9, students in grades 1-5 formed teams, complete with business and marketing plans, to raise money for local charities and groups.

"We had a workshop a couple weeks ago," said Katie Cantwell, parent volunteer. "They learned what it takes to plan an event and all aspects of starting a little business. We talked about different ways to differentiate themselves. Some offered free cookies and crafts they had great ideas."

The students contacted local businesses, asking for sponsorships to purchase supplies, and made signs to attract their customers fellow students during lunch.

"They called businesses, using a script they wrote," Cantwell said. "We've very thankful to our sponsors."

Sponsors included EdibleWow, JR Turnbull, CABi, Patriot Pumps, and Merrill Lynch tutor group.

Phil Custodio