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Meet Clayton! He is a fifth grader in Cherokee, Texas (recently relocated from Indianapolis, Indiana). He enjoys science, magic, inventing things and is an all-around creative kid. So, when he first heard about Lemonade Day 3 years ago on Indianapolis’ local PBS station, he begged his parents to participate. Clayton was thrilled to have the opportunity to think outside the box and come up with attention-getting lemonade stands based on unique themes. Thus, the Lemon Lab, Labra Cadabra and Clayton’s Big Top Lemonade stands were born!
First Year: Dr. Lemon and his Lemon Lab
Complete with beakers, a white lab coat and dry ice!
Second Year: Labra Cadabra
He used his love for magic and drew customers over to his stand at Castleton Mall by advertising a free magic show! One of the tricks in his show was hypnotizing his audience to make them feel thirsty for lemonade.
Third Year: Clayton’s Big Top Lemonade
His circus-themed stand débuted at Broad Ripple Park. His customers got to visit a caged gorilla, watch a flea circus performance, take a photo in the unicycle riding photo booth, a toy claw machine and cotton candy lemonade!
We were so impressed with the creative ideas Clayton came up with, but we were curious what all he has learned in his 3 years as a Lemonade Day participant. We recently caught up with him and this is what he had to say!
What was your favorite thing that you learned by participating in Lemonade Day?
I learned about philanthropy at a lemonade day workshop I attended. I like the idea of giving part of your earnings to help others.
Why is learning how to run your own business important to you?
I would like to be an inventor someday. I can use what I learned about running a business to sell my inventions.
How did you decide to spend, save and share your Lemonade Day profits?
Last year I had planned to use some of my money to spend on a tablet. But because I won an epad at the best stand contest I put all of my spend and save money in my savings account. I chose to share 20% of my profits with a special needs camp in Indiana in honor of my friend Emily who has Down’s Syndrome.
Would you consider Paying it Forward next year to make it possible for a youth in your community to become an entrepreneur just like you? Since last year I have moved to Texas where my family lives and works at a Children’s Home. I would like to teach other kids on our campus what I have learned from Lemonade Day.
A special thanks to Clayton’s mom, Janice, for letting us interview Clayton. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with his stand for this year!
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