Tart to art: two kids donate their lemonade proceeds to arts council

Two entrepreneuring kids donated their lemonade stand proceeds to the local arts council.

Lochlan Christie, 4, and Eliza Simmons, 8, donated $135 they raised selling lemonade to the Bayou Regional Arts Council during their second annual meet and greet, Friday, May 12, at the Terrebonne Parish Waterlife Museum. The two children sold lemonade as part of Bayou Lemonade Day, which they learned about at the Terrebonne Parish Public Library.

“I have goosebumps because I think it’s the greatest thing, we got a special phone call from one of the parents who wanted to donate their proceeds to the arts council,” Director of the Bayou Regional Arts Council Genie Ardoine said.

Eliza Simmons, 8, and Lochlan Christie, 4, donating the proceeds from their lemonade stand, $135, to the Bayou Regional Arts Council, May 13.

The two received their starter kit full of lemonade mix, aprons, and other essentials at Synergy Bank which handed out 121 stands total, of which some had multiple kits. Synergy Bank Marketing Director Katie Portier said Lemonade Day began in 2014 as a statewide initiative with the goal of teaching kids business skills, and the number of kits handed out grows each year. It takes place the first Saturday of May each year.

Christie and Simmons sold roughly two gallons of lemonade and some confections over the course of an hour and 20 minutes in the Sugarwood neighborhood before a downpour of rain chased them off, May 6.

“That’s daddy in the tent,” Simmons said pointing and giggling at a photo of her dad fleeing the rain. “We took our shoes off, they were soaked!”

Eliza Simmons, 8, and Lochlan Christie, 4, posing for a photo at their lemonade stand, May 6. The two donated their proceeds $135, to the Bayou Regional Arts Council, May 13.

The two said they decided to donate their money to the arts council after attending the Star Wars-themed May the Fourth Be With You event. Simmons does theater and dance, and Christie takes piano lessons.

The Bayou Regional Arts Council’s meet and greet is held each year to showcase local artists for about three hours and assist them in networking. This year roughly 11 artists showed up ranging from painters, digital artists, a taxidermist, a musician, and a fire spinner.

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