A 9-year-old Detroit boy has earned national attention for setting up a lemonade stand to raise money for his cash-strapped city. He heard on the radio that the city was having trouble paying for the mowing of grass in city parks and decided to help.
His lemonade and popcorn business, which opened July 30, raised more than triple what the young man originally hoped and today Joshua Smith presented a check to Detroit officials for $2,832.
His work also earned him a Spirit of Detroit award last week and a $2,000 Rosa Parks Scholarship for college.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing called the family after hearing the story and asked them to purchase a savings bond for Joshua’s college instead, so his entrepreneurial spirit can continue to benefit the city.
(WATCH the boy’s plea for customers below, READ the story in the Livingston Daily)