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Lemonade Day sweet success
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Medeiros Elementary first graders Samantha Robison and Norah Frank stand by their "Fun the Sun Lemonade" booth on Saturday. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal

The weather was perfect for selling lemonade on Saturday, and helping local youth understand the importance of giving back while learning business principles.

Among the dozens of young entrepreneurs who set up shop at locations around Turlock and the county for National Lemonade Day on Saturday, were Samantha Robison and Norah Frank.

Frank and Robison, both first graders at Medeiros Elementary School, offered traditional lemonade and berry-flavored at their booth at Paramount Court Senior Living.

The girls, along with fellow first grader Paige Avila who was sick on Saturday, designed the "Fun in the Sun Lemonade" stand with an island feel. The proceeds of their endeavor will go to Friends of the Turlock Animal Shelter. The girls said they chose that nonprofit because they both want to be veterinarians when they grow up, "or help take care of animals."

James Johns and Connor Conlon were selling lemonade on Saturday for a cause closer to their hearts — the Alzheimer's /Dementia Support Center.

"Our great grandmother had Alzheimer's and died a year and half ago," said Johns, a ninth grader at Turlock High.

Dennis Earl fourth grader Davis Hill said his lemonade stand was a success. Hill was raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of his Grandpa Sidney who passed away from cancer in 2009.

"It's been really good," Hill said on Saturday afternoon. "I actually passed $300."