At some point in a child's life, perhaps especially girls, they want to have a lemonade stand. My daughter, Joellen, is no different.
She has talked about lemonade stands. She has discussed selling all manner of things. Well a while back she and her classmate, Miti Patel, decided they wanted to have a bake sale. They made plans.
Oh did they make plans! Let me tell you, these two are planners.
Miti Patel and Joellen Witschey
In fact, this bake sale wasn't their first joint venture. Last fall they decided they would host a Party in the Park. Like a good mother-or perhaps more likely, crazy mother-I helped make the event a reality. I called Miti's parents and asked if this idea had also been discussed at their house and if a certain date and time would be alright. They agreed and before you knew it, they actually had a Party in the (Brooklyn) Park.
It turned out great. Some classmates came and they played, made some crafts, painted faces, and of course had a snack-Birthday Cake Oreos and Capri Suns. Remember, I told you these girls are planners. They left no detail to chance or motherly interference.
Honestly, it probably wasn't long after that event that they set their sights on another goal-a bake sale. Now a bake sale included the prospect of making some money. Given the prices they set (I think I recall something about a $50 cupcake), they would have either become rich or not sold a thing.
Again some motherly intervention and assistance came into play. Their prices were reduced and their benefactor became a charity, The Necessities Barn.
The two girls and their younger siblings worked together to make some treats. Miti's mother and I contributed some items to the sale. Then one sunny Sunday afternoon Miti and Joellen hosted their long-planned bake sale.
It ended up being a huge success-raising nearly $300 for The Necessities Barn, which provides personal care items on the third Saturday of every month from the barn behind the First Church of God, located near WalMart and Genesis Health Care Center.
The girls had such fun with the entire event. The joy on their faces as people actually came to their sale, again at Brooklyn Park, was contagious.
So I'd like to thank those who contributed for helping make two little girls extremely happy when they saw their dream become a reality.
Also, the money raised is enough to provide products to one-third to one-half of a month's recipients at The Necessities Barn, depending upon attendance.
When Joellen heard that statistic, her eyes twinkled along with her smile.
Perhaps motherly intervention isn't always such a bad thing-even to two entrepreneurial first graders.