North Side students gain work experience from lemonade stand

ELLWOOD CITY — Students at North Side Elementary School recently had the chance to learn valuable entrepreneurial and social skills through a staple business for young children — a lemonade stand.

Students were able to run a booth from May 24-26, just outside the school, selling regular and pink lemonade, as well as bags of popcorn, to both fellow students and members of the community who came to visit.

School guidance counselor Debbie Wiech said students first learned about a career plan, at a lemonade stand, in early May during careers week, through a computer program module.

However, this year, for the first time, teachers decided to have students run a physical booth as well, in which second-grade students physically ran the booth.

“They gain opportunities and experience,” Wiech said. “It makes me so happy.”

She said not only do students learn early entrepreneurial skills and take ownership of what they do, but they also learn soft social skills, such as helping a customer and saying “Thank you” and “Have a nice day.” , which will come in handy when they get a job years later.

She also said that after being largely isolated for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community members, especially parents/guardians, are thrilled to see the students and the projects they are working on. working.

Students from Lincoln Junior-Senior High School built the lemonade stand, while a district volunteer built the popcorn stand.

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Nicholas Vercilla is a reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at [email protected].

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