Lemonade Day Galveston is presented and organized by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. It’s a free, nationwide event May 4 that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very first business — a lemonade stand.

The purpose of Lemonade Day is to teach youths to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, market their product and give back to the community.  

The reason I love Lemonade Day and feel confident that the curriculum and activities involved in Lemonade Day are important is because they are essential keys to life. All people must learn how to be responsible and support themselves while following their passion. Also, I believe that to live a completely fulfilling life, we must learn how to help others by giving a little back. These are the key components that children — and adults — can learn through Lemonade Day.  

At Odyssey Academy, we teach the Lemonade Day lessons through our Community Service class. We feel that the lessons learned are so important that they should be taught within the regular school hours. I have seen firsthand how Lemonade Day has taught children to not only have a dream, but also how to attain that dream. I am just so proud to be a small part of the impact that Lemonade Day Galveston has made on the children of Galveston County.

Odyssey Academy will be having our school wide Lemonade Day Galveston Kickoff and Registration event on Wednesday at 5 p.m. That evening is also our Math Family Night. We thought they were the perfect match, because there are lots of real world applications of math involved with Lemonade Day Galveston.

Odyssey Academy is proud to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by participating in Lemonade Day Galveston. If your child would like to become a young entrepreneur and register to participate, simply go to www.Galveston.LemonadeDay.org to sign up. You can also stop by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, 2228 Mechanic St. in Downtown Galveston, for more information.

Jennifer Goodman is superintendent of Odyssey Academy and one of the 2014 co-chairs for Lemonade Day Galveston.

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