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MAR 2019

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HOW THEY DO IT: In 2007, Lemonade Day founder Michael Holthouse had an idea to empower today's youth to become tomor- row's entrepreneurs through helping them start, own and operate their very own business: A lemonade stand. "Lemonade Day is a strategic lesson-based program that walks youth from a dream to a business plan while teaching them the same principles required to start any company. Inspiring kids to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community. Since its launch in 2007 in Houston, Lemonade Day has grown from serving 2,700 kids in one city to 1 million children across North America. Lemonade Day sparks the spirit of entrepreneurship and empowers youth to set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams. By run- ning their stand, they learn the business and life skills needed to set a goal, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams." WHO DOESN'T LOVE LEMONADE? I remember building a lemonade stand when I was a kid. I talked with my parents about all the different lemonade flavors I wanted to serve and came up with cookie recipes that would be so amazing no one could resist stopping by my stand to get a cool refreshing drink and pick up a sweet treat. I think back to that time and smile, because I believe that my lemonade stand experience set in motion the entrepreneurial spirit I have today. As the co-creator of the My Ultimate PCS app and the creator of the series "Moving With The Military," my mis- sion is to empower military families to live their best military family life. I learned about Lemonade Day after a meeting with Nieomi King, marketing and communications manager, Fort Hood Family Housing LP. As a military spouse, former educator and serial entrepreneur, I knew I needed be a part of impacting the lives of military kids through Lemonade Day. LET'S GET MILITARY KIDS INVOLVED! First National Bank Texas and Fort Hood National Bank brought Lemonade Day to the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood area in the spring of 2010. Amanda Sequeira was the founder of Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area and served as the city director. She was also recently elected to the Lemonade Day National Board of Directors. Within a few years, Amanda and Nieomi became active in help- ing Lemonade Day's national leaders expand the program to other U.S. military bases. Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area has become a popular annual, community-wide event that inspires creativity and teaches life lessons, as well as creates lasting memories. This May, Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area will cel- ebrate 10 years of inspiring the next generation of youth entrepreneurs. I am proud to have been named the Mili- tary Champion for Lemonade Day and will be working with kids to start, design, own and operate their own lemonade stand. In the process, they will learn how to set a goal, make a plan and work the plan to achieve their dreams. There are many weeks of planning leading up to opening day of business for the budding military kid entrepreneurs. Hundreds of lemonade stands can be seen throughout the Fort Hood area, both on and off post, on the special day. Support for Lemonade Day Fort Hood Area has been incredible, and approximate- ly 21,000 kids have registered to participate in Lemonade Day since 2010. The 2018 Na- tional Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year was Briana Liles from Killeen, Texas. Participants keep the money they make, but the lessons teach them to spend some, save some and share some. A partner- ship between Fort Hood National Bank and Fort Hood Family Housing led to the expansion on Fort Hood with the support of Fort Hood leadership throughout the years. Each year, a ribbon-cutting event is hosted at III Corps Headquarters to kickoff Lemonade Day weekend. There is nothing like experiential learning. So whether you live on-post or off-post, squeeze the day and join Lemonade Day by registering your military kid for this empowering experience. For more information visit lemonadeday.org. Lemonade Day programs through the newly formed Military Lemonade Day, which is now in its third year, have expanded the initiative to mili- tary bases across the United States. MARCH 2019 / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 31

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