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The Young Entrepreneurs of the JR. CEO program learned valuable resources for running a business both not-for-profit and for profit organizations. They had to plan and organize various duties involved with the lemonade stand.
Furthermore, determining the unit cost of selling lemonade and selling popcorn; then, determining the profit on the sale of each product. The Young Entrepreneurs job responsibilities also included marketing, counting money making change, and customer service. Most importantly, they gained a sense of fund raising and giving back to the community. Our Lemonade Stand raised $630.50 in July and $1230 in August for a total donation of $1850!
Summer camp makes lemonade for a cause
Local youth had the chance to learn what it takes to run a business while supporting a worthy cause, thanks to a summer camp put on by local teacher and tutor Christine Allaby.
Discovery Summer Camps' aim is to help children have fun while learning valuable skills over the summer, Allaby said – and her recent themed program Jr. CEO saw participants opening a lemonade stand and donating their profits to the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH).
“The whole idea is to incorporate some really fun, educational themes and have the kids engaged, but still learning, over the summer…. It's all about entrepreneurship and learning about what it's like to run your own business,” Allaby said. “What we did was a lemonade stand [and] the kids had to figure out in terms of supply [what] we would need.”
Participants were involved in rounding up the supplies, figuring out the location and determining the price of their lemonade, according to Allaby. And, thanks to the community’s support while the lemonade stand was open July 8 and 9, she said, the team was able to raise more than $600 for ACH.
“It just exceeded my expectations,” she said. “All I can say it was really exciting and I was shocked.”
On the second day, according to Allaby, the team ran out of lemonade and she ran out to pick up more. When she got back, she said, the stand was busy – the kids had enlisted the assistance of some RCMP officers who had stopped by, to help out by promoting the business.
“The RCMP were amazing. They came out and they were recruiting customers for us and helping the kids,” Allaby said. “The police officers actually went out holding a sign trying to get more traffic in. They were completely supportive, and we really appreciated their help.”
She said she was happy to see the community come out and support the kids and the ACH, adding the hospital has been an organization she’s supported for years.
“I think it's important for the kids to learn about giving back. They learned how awesome it is,” she said, noting the event was an opportunity to have “kids helping kids.”
Allaby said the team didn’t fully understand the extent of their earnings, at first, until they were recognized for their contribution. A representative from ACH provided the kids with a giant cheque to be presented to ACH for the amount they raised.
“She talked about how the money's going to help all the kids,” Allaby said. “It was really neat to see how the kids were engaged and they were learning so much…about giving back, and they were learning about how hard it is to run your own business.”
Additional themed camps will be offered throughout the summer – such as dinosaurs, space, railways, jungle, mermaids and pirates, along with an around-the-world camp at various times and dates.
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Article Published by Discover AirdrieLocal News Published: Friday, 12 July 2019 07:03 Written by Sam Pike
The hardworking children managed to gather $630.50 to donate to the Children's Hospital
From the ages of 5-12, most children are obsessed with toys, sports, treats, t.v, and video games. However, for a group of children running a lemonade stand recently, learning important lessons of entrepreneurship is more important.
Discovery Summer Camps ran a lemonade stand for two days, selling lemonade and popcorn for a dollar a pop. And, with the hard work from the children and leader Christine Allaby, it turned out to be a huge success.
"The kids really worked so hard, they had a ton of fun and they learned a lot. They came out $630 dollars in two days," said Allaby. "It exceeded my expectations. It was amazing, I don't even know how we did that."
While most other children were spending their summer goofing off, the children at Allaby's camp were learning important life skills that come along with running the lemonade stand
"They had to figure out what we were going to need in terms of supplies, we had to discuss location, job responsibilities, all that kind of stuff. They made posters to advertise. Then, we talked about where the money was going to go and how it was going to help a lot of kids."
The $630 raised had to go somewhere that would not only show the children the importance of donating to a good cause but somewhere that each of them would be able to identify with.
"I read some stories to them and all of the kids had a personal experience with (the Children's Hospital). I mean, what parent hasn't been to the Children's Hospital," said Allaby. "We just talked about how it cost a lot of money to keep that facility running and for it to be so amazing."
Allaby said that the skills the children learned would prove useful on their path to adulthood.
"I think it's really important. I think fundraising is important, I think it affects the community, and we did it in a really fun, cool way. So, they were learning math skills, they were learning teamwork, we had to talk about money and making change, customer service. I think they learned a lot."
Along with basic math skills, salesmanship, advertisement and, of course, old school bargaining, the lemonade stand required a good amount of work ethic that Allaby said the children didn't expect.
"I think they realize, especially the ones that came for both days, how much work it was. They realized sitting at the lemonade stand on my driveway wasn't going to attract enough customers and we need to figure out a better market in order to have better sales. So, we had to move the lemonade stand down the street so all the kids and I moved everything, all our supplies, out there. They worked pretty hard, they were all pretty exhausted."
Although a great amount of money was raised for a two-day operation, Allaby said the little workers didn't quite grasp how incredible it was.
"The parents were just thrilled and completely supportive. I think when we discuss it again, when they get presented with that cheque and when a lady from the hospital comes and explains how this money is going to help, I think that will drive the point home."
Allaby said Airdrie did a great job in teaching the kids the importance of generosity as well.
"There was a lot of support. There were a lot of people, especially the second day, that just drove by and handed the kids ten dollar bills and twenty dollar bills."
Moving forward, the children will present the Children's Hospital with the donation on Monday.
Allaby plans to run the camp again near the end of August, hopefully from August 28th to the 30th. She hopes to take all the things learned from this experience and make the next one even more successful.
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Learning about different places around the world!
Making new friends!
Making a Chinese Lantern!
Children are guided through centers by a Certified teacher!
Making butter the old fashioned way!
A favorite of all kids, making SLIME!
Creating a Rain Forest Diorama!
Calling all superheroes! Wear your favourite superhero costume, and join us for some fun! Play the “guess who game”, write a story about your own super hero, or a story about the Avengers. Try some wonder woman math. Play sight word bingo, make your own super hero cuffs or a superhero mask. Play superhero tag or try the superhero obstacle course.
Help us set up and run our own lemonade stand! Explore your creative side with advertising, making posters and practice counting money. Experience how awesome it feels to give back to the community, as we donate the lemonade stand's profits to the children’s hospital!
Learn all about dinosaurs, dig out a dinosaur fossil, or make a dinosaur mask. Discover interesting facts about these creatures from long ago, write a story about having your own pet dinosaur, make a dinosaur paper bag puppet or a plant eating dino collage. Try some dino multiplication, or create dinosaur patterns. Play T-rex tag and other prehistoric games.
Join us for out of this world fun! Make a solar system model, learn all about the different planets, and stars. Try the asteroid throw, or guess what planet I am game. Experiment with space slime or play the space phonics game. Try the alien phonics game or write a postcard from space. Practice your Mars multiplication facts or blast off with division and place value.
Learn about a day in the life of a pioneer and explore how life was then and how it is different now. Make an old fashioned paper doll craft or your own mini log house. Try making new words with train phonics or a train place value activity. Play some train games and make your own train!
Discover the different layers of the rainforest, read about endangered animals, make a cool amazon diorama and practice your jungle printing! Learn about the importance of rainforests, and try an experiment demonstrating water vapour. Practice drawing jungle animals or make a monkey craft.
Imagine you’re a mermaid or a pirate, and write a story about it. Make a mermaid bookmark, or design your own pirate treasure map. Play the “ar matey” phonics game, or try skip counting while walking the plank. Go on a scavenger hunt, or make some fun pirate patterns. Try some mermaid math or play sink or swim. Read about real famous pirates, or life under the sea. Make a pirate patch your own compass, or a magic mermaid wish bottle.
Around the world:
Grab your passport, and take a trip around the world! Discover new places, and learn about children in different countries. Make a collage out of travel magazines, make a Chinese lantern, or design a travel guide brochure for a foreign country. Read about different customs and traditions around the world, and learn some geography. Play the “around the world” phonics game, or match the country and flag game.
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