Walmart Museum and Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA Partner for Lemonade Day

BENTONVILLE, AR -- - Northwest Arkansas is known as a place where business can take root and grow success. That 'can do' spirit is something the mentoring nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas is helping to foster in the future generation by encouraging kids to do something many already do.

"They run a lemonade stand," Walmart Museum Community and Education Manager Jenn Cozens pointed out. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas is proud to join forces with the Walmart Museum to teach kids the skills they will put to use as adults in the business world. Those who take part will open up a lemonade stand in May on what is called Lemonade Day.

"It's a 14 lesson program to teach kids about entrepreneurship," Cozens explained. "So there's everything from building a budget, to product design, to stand design and having to rent a space"

If you have not caught on just yet, there is a very obvious connection between Lemonade Day and the impact of a certain successful businessman from our area.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters were championing entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas," Walmart Heritage Group Senior Director Alan Dranow shared. "And when you think of entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas, well, you think Sam Walton don't you?"

Walton's legacy applies directly to what the kids are taught by using the three S's. Save their money, spend it and share it.

"They're encouraged to do all three of those things," Cozens said. "Learning about philanthropy as well as savings and opening savings accounts and then they're encouraged to buy something to reward themselves for their job well done."

The museum looks at their support of Lemonade Day as doing their part to encourage the next generation of Sam Waltons.

"To see the excitement on the faces of the children when they [takes a surprised breath] see that people are buying their product, [takes a surprised breath] 'we're making money, [takes a surprised breath] somebody is investing and we can donate just like Sam Walton did to local nonprofits,' local nonprofits like Big Brothers Big Sisters," Dranow explained. 

More than a thousand local kids participated in this year's event and donated more than 35-hundred dollars to local charities. Click here to learn more about the program and what's planned for the next event in 2018.


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