Students from the District's Cleveland High School for Digital Arts did their level best Monday catch the attention of downtown workers, especially the thirsty ones.
As part of the "Lemonade Day" movement to encourage young entrepreneurs, the students set up a lemonade stand at several downtown Cleveland locations: City Hall, the Cleveland Public Library and KeyBank branches at KeyBank Tower and Tower City. They worked the crowds for two hours, ending at 5:30 p.m. and will be back at it during the same hours on Monday, June 15.
At the KeyBank Tower site, Digital Arts freshman Andre Kinney was joined by his younger sister Cierra, an eighth-grader at Charles W. Eliot School, and his father. They sold large lemonades for $1.50.
Lemonade Day is a national movement, funded in part by the Burton D. Morgan, Veale and John S. Knight foundations, in which high school students learn how to start and operate a business "based on the time-honored model of a lemonade stand."
KeyBank has been an integral partner with Lemonade Day at CMSD. Five elementary schools have participated over the past two years, and 13 schools are expected to participate during the 2015-16 school year.
As part of the program, CMSD high school students mentored middle-grade students at Orchard School in design and use of fabrication laboratory facilities to build the lemonade stands. KeyBank has also supported the establishment of a permanent fund for start-up loans to CMSD student businesses.
Cleveland High School for Digital Arts, a partnership with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, integrates the digital arts into a college-preparatory curriculum. Students explore the digital arts and use these art forms to demonstrate knowledge of core subjects as they prepare for success in a 21st Century college environment and a global workplace.
The digital arts school opened last year with 90 ninth-graders who will choose to focus on game design, film or recording arts as part of their high school academic program.
This is the fifth year CMSD has participated in Lemonade Day activities, said Jessie Jones, regional director of Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio. She said more than 2,000 students have been involved during that period.