Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lemonade Day Stand Helps Houston SPCA

A Lemonade Day fund-raising project run by second-graders at Memorial Drive Elementary School led to a donation of more than $1,300 to the Houston SPCA.

On Sunday, May 4, second-graders in teacher Tori Moxley’s class sold lemonade from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and cleared a profit of $1,340, which was later donated. Moxley’s Memorial Drive Elementary classroom has sponsored a stand for three years in a row now.

Lemonade Day, which began in Houston in 2007, is organized as a free, fun and experiential learning program that teaches young people of all ages how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It’s estimated that more than 50,000 Houston youth now take part in this business experience.

Ms. Moxley’s preparation for Lemonade Day is extensive, a true student, parent and community project. A representative from the visited and reviewed the student’s budget. The second-graders learned about charities, loans, interests, costs and advertising. They voted on giving profits to SPCA, got a local parent loan and paid it back, created a business plan, and advertising for a school publications and neighborhood signs. Parents made 40 neighborhood signs.

After a successful day selling lemonade, students invited a SPCA representative to the school and presented the organization on May 7 with a big check. Here is what the SPCA said about the Memorial Drive student donation:

Happy Mother's Day! Here's a story that would make any mother proud. The Houston SPCA would like to thank Mrs. Moxley’s 2nd grade class at Memorial Drive Elementary! This amazing class chose the Houston SPCA to receive the money they raised through Lemonade Day. Mrs. Moxley helped her students learn all about the financial aspects of fundraising including supply and demand, advertising, taking out ‘loans,’ and making a profit to help her students understand what goes into selling a product. All of their learning paid off in the end – her class was able to raise over $1,300 for our animals! When Michelle Arnold, Youth Programs Manager, received the very large check she was overwhelmed by their generosity. “I was so impressed by how hard these students have worked and how determined they were to give this money to a good cause. It is refreshing to see students who truly care about animals this much!” Thank you again Mrs. Moxley and your amazing second grade class!

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