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Children sell lemonade to get vacation money

Haley and Hunter Harrison were little entrepreneurs last week.

They set up shop in the parking lot of a Main Street business in Thomson last Friday to earn money for a vacation in the North Georgia Mountains this week with their parents.

After a little more than an hour, Haley, 8 and her 6-year-old brother, Hunter, had collected a jar of money. They operated their lemonade stand in sweltering heat and triple-digit temperatures from noon to 5 p.m.

"We're leaving Sunday to go to Helen," said Haley, a rising third grader at Thomson Elementary School. "We're going to go tubing down the river, visit the cabbage patch hospital and go to some water parks."

Hunter will be attending J.A. Maxwell Elementary School as a first grader when school doors open in about two weeks.

Standing in front of their makeshift lemonade stand in the parking lot of CSRA Office Products, sweat rolled down their faces as they waited on customer Amit Mohan, of Thomson, a little after 1 p.m.

Mr. Mohan said he passed by the lemonade stand, but at the time didn't have any change. So, he went to the bank and asked the teller for five dollars in cash so the two youngsters would have to do a little figuring with their math skills.

It also was a way for him to quench his thirst.

"I couldn't pass them up," he said. "I had to turn around."

They sold glasses of lemonade for 50 cents.

Web posted on Thursday, August 05, 2010

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