August 9, 2009

Miami Springs Optimist Club supports entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are Optimists; they have to be, even when they are in grade school. I love this project on so many levels: adults encouraging children to be enterprising; children hosting an old-fashioned lemonade stand and all of the above giving to a cause they have determined they want to support.

Hooray for the "Lemonade Kids!" Ranging from 5 to 15 years of age, they describe their project as "Helping the Homeless One Squeeze at a Time." They use the lemonade stand to conduct three drives per year and all money that is earned is given to the Center for Women and Children, a ministry of the Miami Rescue Mission.

The Optimist Club of Miami Springs, Florida does their part by matching the funds raised by the Lemonade Kids. According to Optimist board member Cristina Vico, the club is well-known for their sports programs, but members chose to respond to this activity because the children "learn to work with each other and working builds a solid foundation of service for them. It's a humbling experience."
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