GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Volunteers in the community packed backpacks this week to help kids become entrepreneurs for a day.
On Tuesday volunteers stuffed roughly 500 backpacks for children for Lemonade Day, which takes place Saturday, May 18.
Each backpack included mentor guides, invitations to events, pens, pencils and other items to help children create lemonade stands and sell lemonade to the public.
The packets include the "how to start a business plan" instructions, pricing and how to tell how much profit the students have made at the end.
Greater Lafayette Commerce Economic Development Program Manager Lauren Davis says it is important for youth to get involved.
"It's important because this is a lifelong skill that they will be able to use," Davis said. "And we feel that the earlier they learn this the better they will be in life."
This is the third year for the program.
Kids can set up their Lemonade stand at their homes or public sites through Greater Lafayette Commerce.
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