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Starting them young

Snack stand gives local girls entrepreneurial spirit

Posted: August 28, 2013 2:33 p.m.
Updated: August 28, 2013 2:33 p.m.

Bianca Calderon and Emily Flores, wearing aprons, along with some friends, get up-close with a fire truck from Fire Station No. 104 after the local firefighters bought lemonade from their stand.

 

As schools open their doors again for the start of regular classes, schoolmates Bianca Calderon and Emily Flores had a productive summer break to look back to.

Actually it was the second time in as many summer vacations that the two, both 10-year-olds and students of North Park Elementary School, had set up a lemonade and cookie stand in the Rainbow Glen area of Santa Clarita.

This time it was more memorable because of some important customers on Aug. 4: the crew of Los Angeles County Fire Station 104.

“The firefighters literally drove around the block just to park the truck safely and they all got down, bought lemonades, chatted with the kids, photo op, for probably a good 20 min or more,” the girls informed friends on a Facebook posting.

The fire guys also gave each of the kids who had gathered a Junior Fireman badge sticker each before departing.
While others their age are preoccupied with dolls and sundry kid stuffs, Bianca and Emily are pretty much into responsible things both in school and helping with chores at home.

In the last presidential election, the two teamed up to bring the youngsters’ perspective of the national event with a YouTube video presentation, which they both starred in.

Parents Romano and Mavic Flores and Toby and Junice Calderon see to it that their daughters’ potentials are properly developed even at this early age.

Bianca is frequently included in the cast of major “ESCAPE” musicals and she is also into swimming, tennis, video making, gymnastics and dance lessons. Now she’s looking into the possibility of establishing a charity for less privileged kids.

“She has a knack for excelling in whatever activity she soaks herself in,” mom Junice told this writer.

On Aug. 9 Bianca completed the five-day class Beyond the Book Finance & Entrepreneur held at the Old Orchard Park in Valencia. It was attended by seven students ages 10-17.

Asked about her impression of the class, Brenna Ryder, one of the students, said: “It was very fun and educational.”
Bianca also had a comment: “It was so fun and I learned so much! I suggest it for anyone who wants to have success with entrepreneurship.”

 

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