Friday, June 7, 2013 was Detroit Public Schools Lemonade Day!

On Friday June 7, Detroit Public Schools Lemonade Day 2013 was observed throughout DPS when over 52,000 students demonstrated the entrepreneurial principles they have learned over the past three months as part of their academic curriculum, by opening and operating a Lemonade stand!

A variety of lessons from different subjects were incorporated into this project. English Language Arts: students wrote marketing plans or solicit letters for assistance; for Science, students could assess whether they are using quality ingredients; for Math, students accounted for all liabilities/revenues and calculated whether they produced a profit, practiced addition and subtraction and produced receipts; for Social Studies, students learned about the economics of running a lemonade stand.

See a map of participating schools here!

Lemonade Day is a FREE experiential learning program that prepares youth to start, own and operate their own business—a Lemonade stand—and empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs by teaching them the 14 core principles to start any successful business. The national program is FREE due to widespread support from sponsors like Google, the
organization’s national innovation sponsor, and Huntington National Bank, the local Lemonade Day sponsor, who championed the program to bring it to Detroit.

Over 52,000 DPS students participated by operating their Lemonade stands and then were tasked with using their profits responsibly as the Lemonade Day motto teaches: spend a little, save a little, share a little. Spend a little on yourself, save a little for a rainy day, and share a little with a local non-profit.


About Lemonade Day Detroit Public Schools
Lemonade Day is a national program that involves project-based cross-curricular activities that culminate with students operating their own businesses in the form of lemonade stands. More than 52,000 students participated in the Detroit Public Schools Lemonade Day on Friday, June 7, 2013. For these lessons, students worked collaboratively and applied their content area lessons, as they learned the basics of entrepreneurship including: goal setting, planning, budgeting, pricing, profits, loss and more. To learn more about Lemonade Day, visit

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