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Hinks Elementary hosts lemonade sale to teach financial literacy

ALPENA, MICH — Students at Hinks Elementary got into the spirit of summer today with their lemonade sale.

Instructional Director Jennifer Marceau says the students are learning life skills they can carry throughout their life.

All of the students read The Lemonade War for their One School, One Book program throughout the month of May. The characters in the book battled out their conflicts at the lemonade stand. Now, the students are reenacting the plot to raise money for their school.

“They’re learning about bringing in donations, so their learning that if we get donations we actually will make money from the donations because now its money earned. They’re also learning at looking at different things we’re bringing in and saying, okay, if this was a dollar, how many cups of lemonade can I get from this and how can we make some money, make a profit?”

Today, the fourth and fifth grade students got to work, making and selling their own lemonade, snowcones, and baked goods. Parents and donors contributed supplies to teach the kids how to make a profit on the items. Second and third grade classrooms will have their sale on June 5, and kindergarten and first grade will be on June 12th.

Everyone is welcome to stop by and support the kids. Proceeds will contribute to the school’s end of the year activities.