WOOSTER – Thirsty for a taste of summer? You’re in the right county.
Children across Wayne, from the county seat to Rittman and Dalton, will be serving up lemonade and treats on Saturday, June 11 as part of Lemonade Day Wayne County.
Times and locations of these stands vary and can be found online at the Lemonade Day website
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The event, put on by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, is part of a national program created by the Lemonade Day organization to help teach children lessons about owning and running a business. 
“There’s an app that they have gone through different lessons that walk them through some financial planning and budgeting,” said Michelle Rothgery, the chamber’s communications and office coordinator. “… They actually then get to determine what they’re going to sell, what price they’re going to sell their lemonade for (and) where they will be set up.” 
Rothgery said sign-ups for the program, which opened in April, will remain open through Friday.
Although there is no cost to participate, Rothgery said, the chamber asks those interested to register no later than Friday, June 10, so they can make sure the map showing all the stands can be updated. 
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After completing the roughly four hours of training in the app, Rothgery said, each stand organizer gets to choose how they will run their stand and will keep any profits they make. The program recommends each child “save some money to spend some and then also to donate some to charity or nonprofit of their choice,” she said.
Some stand operators have already pledged donations to the Wayne County Humane Society and the Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County. 
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Beyond the business lessons children learn, Rothgery said, the chamber hopes the program helps promote future leaders, “and kids that are going to go on to be adults and involved in the community and really understand what that’s all about.” 
Reach Rachel Karas at rkaras@gannett.com   
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