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Area children raise money, learn about business on Lemonade Day


The bright yellow shirts, handmade signs and booths and the toothless grins and little voices calling drivers to pull over - it's all part of a growing Lubbock tradition.

Thousands of kids are spread across the city of Lubbock, selling a refreshing glass of ice cold lemonade. They've been working since the crack of dawn on Saturday morning, all in the name of Lemonade Day.

The goal is to empower today's youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs, by teaching kids the concept of owning and running a business, how to manage purchasing equipment and how much to charge for each glass to break even with revenue.

But for many of these kids, like Zaid Kharrat, Lemonade Day is just about having a good time.

"We are having a lot of fun," Zaid said.

He and his brother, Bilal, partnered up with their best friend John Klein this year.

And while catching some rays and stacking up a few dollar bills is a Saturday well spent, 7-year-old John said he loves Lemonade Day for a much bigger reason.

"I'm learning that money isn't everything," John said. "And that friendship takes you a long way."

Some LISD school have even made it a requirement for their students to participate in Lemonade Day, helping organizers accomplish their 800 booth goal.

Although this year is only Lubbock's third Lemonade Day, the event has been taking the country by storm since its inaugural year in Houston back in 2007.

Today, more than 1 million kids in 100 cities across America are taking on the challenge of Lemonade Day.

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