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August 14, 2014

Camp lemonade stand earns money, offers priceless lessons

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Chase Pringle, seventh grade, of Farmington Hills, left, serves strawberry lemonade to Will Rawls Aug. 7 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Road.

FARMINGTON HILLS — With a solid business plan, a catchy jingle, three thirst-quenching drinks, walkie-talkies and a bullhorn to boot, your parents’ lemonade stand this is not. 

Up and down New Market Street Aug. 6, pint-sized lemonade hawkers encouraged drivers, local businesses and residents to come try out a drink with a commanding chant through a bullhorn: “Buy a cup of lemonade to help the kids at the youth center camp.”

Farmington Hills resident Alyssa Bragdon, 10, a Prince of Peace camp participant through the Special Services Department’s Youth and Family Services Division, thought it up to draw more customers.

“I was just starting to say some words, then it just popped into my head,” Alyssa said. “It is really fun and good to help around the community.”

Alyssa and several other camp-goers took turns selling lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and a lemonade-Sprite mix to raise money, which could bolster donations and camp-based events.

The lemonade stand, on the grounds of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Road, is in its fifth week and is slated to end this week.

Solomon Johnson of the Special Services Department’s Youth and Family Services Division said this is the first year for the lemonade stand, and there will be plenty to come.

Kitty Ostach, youth program coordinator, said the Prince of Peace camp is also in its first year, and they wanted to have fun events at the church, as well.

“We just wanted the people on this side of town to have a summer camp for them, and it has been good,” she said.

With fewer than 20 children in attendance, in comparison to about 120 at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena camp, she said the camp is like a family, and the lemonade stand is the lemon on top.

“It has really been almost like their very own private camp, and it is quite a team,” she said. “They’re so proud. They should be so proud.”

Johnson said the “family” depends on one another, and the lemonade stand has taught the children life lessons on earning money and working.

So far, the stand has earned close to $300.

“Teaching them life skills, that is what I hope that it does for them in the future,” he said.

For now, Alyssa said she is learning how to grow and save money for important investments, like a television or an iPod.

Farmington Hills resident Olivia Jonna, 11, said she has worked a lemonade stand before, and it was fun using the bullhorn to draw people in.

“It is good to be nice to the customers, and if you are rude and say, ‘Give me the money,’ people won’t enjoy it and come back.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.