By Emanuel Pena
After a long, hot summer, Belle Point: A New Tech Academy started the school year off with a refreshing school project that quenched the students thirst for knowledge.
During the first week of school, Belle Point students collaborated to design lemonade stand businesses in order to learn how to overcome obstacles and work as a team.
Teachers tasked the students with creating a company name, creating a logo, having a business plan and making original lemonade recipes.
Students presented their business in a pitch to local investors — Fort Smith public figures —Friday, August 18, as the main event. The student groups competed for the grand prize of $200. During the event, investors went from room to room tasting lemonade and judging the companies on the recipe and taste of the lemonade, originality and quality of presentation.
The time constraints of the event made each group’s presentation more impressive. The presentations included everything a real world business pitch would have, including the constructions of the companies, assigning the different positions within the group, cost of product and projections with the help of investors.
Limonada Simon Limon stuck out with the ingenuity of adding a jalapeno to the classic lemonade recipe. HITech Lemonade focused on giving the perfect presentation to do their best at winning over the investors by opening with a catchy musical number. Lemon-Aid stayed true to their name by donating part of their sales to charity.
The students all learned valuable life skills such as ownership and time management. However, the most important lesson was how to work together as a team to overcome the many different challenges of creating a business.
At the end of the judging, HiTech Lemonade, presented by students in Dale Frazier’s homeroom class, were named the winners.