Success with a twist: MMS presents “Lemonade Day with the Stars”
Local VIPs worked alongside students as mentors and celebrity servers as Mountaineer Montessori School presented “Lemonade Day with the Stars” on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Capitol Market. Proceeds will benefit the school’s scholarship and specialty programs. Morgan Robinson from Electric 102.7, artist Charly Hamilton, Highland Hospital Marketing Director Jim Strawn and Capitol Market Tammy Borstnar were among the local VIPs who served up lemonade — and success tips — at the event.
“Lemonade Day” is a nation-wide initiative that gives children the skills and opportunity to start and run their own business. Lemonade Day was launched in Houston in 2007 with 2,700 students. This year, more than 1 million children in 100 cities are expected to take part. In West Virginia, an estimated 3,000 students from 300 schools, churches and community groups will participate in Lemonade Day, says Matthew Thompson, Lemonade Day State Director for Vision Shared, the state-wide economic development organization that is spearheading the program here.The primary objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become engaged members of society – the business leaders, social advocates and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. “Lemonade Day helps students understand that not only can they create their own business, but they can create their own future,” says Vision Shared President/CEO Cory Dennison.
With the majority of new job growth attributed to small businesses and start-ups, programs such as Lemonade Day can help build the foundation for sustainable economic development for the state, Dennison says. That’s a view echoed by state business leaders.
“At BB&T, we understand that the long-term success of any business – and our state – depends on building a culture of innovation and initiative,” said Bobby Blakley, Regional President of BB&T, one of the sponsors of Lemonade Day 2014.
“By teaching children to start and run their own business, programs like Lemonade Day play a big role in developing an entrepreneurial mindset. We are proud to be a part of this exciting national movement.”
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