On Saturday May 19th, students from Pleasant View Elementary shared in the entrepreneurial spirit of Zionsville’s Brick Street Market. Students and parent volunteers constructed and staffed two competing lemonade businesses.
They then chose to divide and donate the profits among four community organizations: The Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville, The Zionsville Nature Center, The Zionsville Education Foundation and the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. At the end of the day, they presented each organization with a check for $110.
This project was the culmination of PVE’s One Book One School initiative, featuring the book, The Lemonade War, by Jaqueline Davies.
The excitement began in April with a literacy based Lemonade Launch Party attended by more than 600 people. At the event, administrative faculty shared the first chapter of the book as well as a special personalized video message from the author. Students and parents were then treated to more than 12 hands-on reading, writing, math, science and movement stations throughout the school. Representatives from The National Lemonade Day distributed backpacks and business plan tips to students as well.
The following day, the entire student body began to read the book and participate in home and school activities that coordinated, promoted and focused on some important themes discussed in the book such as conflict resolution, sibling relationships and the economics of running a small business.
“The goal of the One Book, One School program was to create a shared reading experience within our school family,” Principal Chad Smith said. “I’m excited to say that throughout the last few weeks of school, everyone at PVE was touched by this book and its themes. It has been a great project, and we hope to organize a similar initiative next year.”