It was easy to see that the kids were having a great time helping to run the six stands for Lemonade Day, despite the hot weather. They put on sunscreen, drank plenty of water, and gave their vocal chords a workout.
Their’s was the kind of sales pitch that commanded the attention of everyone within earshot.
“Sometimes we call some people to buy some lemonades,” said Chloe Cope of Cleghorn.
“Ice cold lemonade!” the kids shouted from the stand at Festival Foods in Eau Claire.
The kids sold lemonade for 50 cents a cup, as part of the program funded by an energy star grant.
“Today's (Thursday is) a hot day, and a lot of people will be walking around the store and they'll like kind of be hot so they'll kind of like buy it, said Sierra Plaston of Menomonie.
They also recited energy-saving tips to every customer.
“Because then their bills won't go so high,” said Katherine Rieckens.
The kids helped make, market, and taste-test the lemonade before running their stands.
“Just like having fun,” Cope said about what makes someone good at selling lemonade. “Asking the person what they want and being kind and caring.”
“I just love the Boys and Girls Club,” said Jan Frase of Eau Claire. She bought a cup of lemonade at the Festival Foods stand on Thursday. “It's a terrific place for the kids to go, and we've been supporters of them and we will continue to be.”
Despite the volume of the message, it's something both the customers and the club were happy to hear.
“I think they're going to sleep well with all the energy that they're expending, and really get a great feeling from what they've accomplished,” said Executive Director Sara Antonson.
The kids sold the lemonade at stands in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. They say part of the fun was being outside and meeting so many new people.
The Boys and Girls Club says it will count up the funds it raised during the next couple days. It expects Lemonade Day to be even bigger and better next year.
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Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley
Luther Midelfort Hospital
United Bank (Eau Claire)
Northwestern Bank (Eau Claire & Chippewa Falls)
When members of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley put their gloves on today, they'll have a cold drink waiting for anyone with 50 cents to spare who happens to be passing by.
“We're going to have a lemonade stand,” said Sadie Gramling, 9, of Chippewa Falls.
“I've gone to lemonade stands where it's a buck a cup,” Chy-Ann Jones, 14, of Eau Claire said. “I'm like “woah man, that's like really expensive!””
It's easy to see how excited the kids are about running these lemonade stands, but their teacher says it also helps her teach the kids about marketing and energy conservation.
“We were able to get a grant, and the Energy Star Grant was able to help us to allow the kids to do this," Executive Director Sara Antonson said.
“We also have sheets and questions that the kids have been filling out in, reflecting after they have done their experiences, to just see what it means to become part of a business, and all the different workings that it takes to be successful at it,” fourth grade teacher Ruth McHorney said.
The kids have signs ready to promote their product.
“One sign that I made said "lemon of the ade,"” said D’Angelo Odom, 11, of Jim Falls.
They also have a powder-driven strategy for mass production.
“Got to make it fast,” Chy-Ann said, “otherwise, nobody's making lemonade.”
Each cup comes with an energy fact, along with taste-tested lemonade...
“I'm going to be looking forward to selling…making people happy,” said Kyla Morgan, 13, of Chippewa Falls.
The kids hope just hope it’s a hot seller on a summer day.