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National Lemonade Day provides opportunity for economic lessons

Seven year old Miley Andrews learned lessons in the economics of running a business Saturday first hand.

While her family sold spring plants in Prentiss near the Subway, Miley celebrated National Lemonade Day by selling lemonade to thirsty customers and giving away cookies or candy.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Miley Andrews serves her lemonade up with a smile on National Lemonade Day.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Miley Andrews serves her lemonade up with a smile on National Lemonade Day.

“We wanted to teach her it takes work to make a business succeed,” states Miley’s mom Leslie, “and there is more to it than just the selling end.”

While her dad built her stand, the young entrepreneur helped buy the supplies, make the lemonade, and worked on learning to make change for customers.

“She also kept a tab of what she sold so she would be able to see what she made,” states her mom, “and learned good hand cleaning techniques when dealing with food.”

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Miley Andrews learned the economics of running a business with her lemonade stand in Prentiss Saturday.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Miley Andrews learned the economics of running a business with her lemonade stand in Prentiss Saturday.

National Lemonade Day on May 3rd is celebrated in many cities in the U.S and in Canada.

Local kids are encouraged to take charge and run their own business learning leadership and money management skills as they own and operate their own lemonade stand. It’s purpose is also to inspire children to know they can be successful at making a plan and following it through to become successful business owners.

When asked what she enjoyed about the project the home-schooled first grader stated, “ I liked giving out the lemonade and earning money.” Miley plans to either buy a beta fish or save her money to spend on vacation at Disney World.

Miley Andrews is the daughter of Jeremiah and Leslie Andrews of Carson. Her grandparents are Jack and Barbara Andrews, owners of Sammie’s Nursery in Carson and David and Kecia Murphy of LA.