In the warmth of the June sunshine the children of Sun Valley poured lemonade for thirsty passers by. The event took place June 3rd from 10am to 2pm. In those few hours, much was accomplished for the participants of Lemonade Day as well as the community they came to represent, Sun Valley. The concept of a lemonade stand is not new, but using it to teach the children in our communities how to conduct good and honest business is an approach that is. Perhaps the idea has always been under the surface of each lemonade stand. The difference in the Lemonade Day approach lies in the fact that each step is explained and applied to business terminology. This gives the participants more insight into the finer details of running a successful business.
Fresh Start recognized the value in teaching the youth of Sun Valley skills that they can carry for a lifetime, which is why Lemonade Day was a perfect avenue for teaching skills and setting the youth of Sun Valley up for a successful future. Fresh Start staff and volunteer mentors worked with thirteen Sun Valley children. They worked in teams of three, ensuring that each child got the opportunity to learn in a small team environment. Lemonade Day took place all over the nation and children from all walks of life got a chance to participate. Fresh Start set up their stand at Riverfront Park in a greenbelt that sits at the corner of 15th and Little Raven.
The sun was bright, and the lemonade, cold. The smiling children of Sun Valley sold various flavors of lemonade, each innovative and delicious. Judges tasted the lemonade and interviewed the participants on their goals and what they learned. The Coconut Sports Lemonade was the big show stealer, winning Best Tasting Lemonade. The recipe is available on the Fresh Start Facebook page, Coconut Sports Lemonade Recipe. The award for Best Tasting was $ 1,000, which will be used toward the Sun Valley Sports Program. Though the scholarship is a huge financial win for Sun Valley, the real prize the children took home was the skills they learned. With these skills, they can pave their own way toward success in the face of adversity. Learning to work on a team and produce a wonderful product was an experience that offered them a skill set they will use for a lifetime.