Letter to the Editor

Family appreciates support of Wabash Valley Lemonade Day

Monday, July 4, 2016

To the editor:

On Saturday, June 25th, our son, James Miller Moon participated in the Wabash Valley Lemonade Day. "Lemonade Day" is a fun and experiential learning program where communities across the nation unite to teach youth how to start, own and operate their own business through a lemonade stand. There are two distinct components of Lemonade Day. This month-long process has proven to have a dramatic impact on a child's understanding of how to be an entrepreneur in any industry. The second component is the actual implementation of the business, which takes place on Lemonade Day, held annually on the first Sunday in May.

Literally, thousands of children open their stand for business with support from their community. In the six years since Lemonade Day's inception, the program has grown in Houston from 2,700 to 54,000 youth participating and has attracted attention from city leaders across the nation. In 2011, over 65,000 kids in 30 other U.S. cities also experienced Lemonade Day. The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society -- the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. (This is from Wabash Valley Lemonade Day's Facebook page). James set up his stand at the Brazil Kroger store. We would like to thank store managers Jennifer Whitaker and Kevin Lozier for allowing us to set up his stand at this location. We would also like to thank the many area people who stopped by and whether they had any of the delicious lemonade, or purchased one of the crocheted lemons, they still made a donation. Several people even remarked that James was quite a salesman. We couldn't have done it without your generosity. Thank you all so very much! He/we thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the people who visited his stand.

Thank you to Aunt Jane, Miss Stephanie and Nicole Fry. Thank you to Ivy Jacobs and The Brazil Times. Thank you to anyone else we may have forgotten to mention.

On June 29, 2016, James presented his donations from his lemonade stand to Tracy Schretter at the Clay County YMCA. All of the donations will be used for the Clay County YMCA's Summer Youth Food Program to feed needy children. We were told by one of the volunteers that they had fed over 400 children the other day!

We are pleased to announce that on this one day, three-hour lemonade stand, our son was able to raise $208.69! I would call that a productive day! We are very proud of him and all the hard work he put into making this a success. Oh did I mention, he's only five years old! We live in a wonderful, caring community and we are so grateful to be "Brazilian's"!

Merry Miller Moon

Jason Moon