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Johnstown boy honored after lemonade stand is robbed

By Melanie Gillespie


A Johnstown boy, 10, was honored Wednesday with an entrepreneurship award from Saint Francis University for starting up his own lemonade stand.

His business spirit and resiliency caught the attention of Enactus at Saint Francis University after Anthony Sanders started up his own sidewalk business.
Sanders said the idea came easy.

"How am I going to get my own instead of bothering my parents every day for something, Sanders said. "My little sister came to me and said 'AJ, want to start a lemonade stand? And I said, Yeah, let's start that.

Business was thriving for the 10-year-old.
He had a goal to raise at least $500 and is well on his way.
But on July 29, another boy, 12, came up and stole $30 from Sanders and threatened him with a BB gun, according to police.

The story gave SFU the idea to put a positive spin on Sanders start-up business.
"We wanted the community to rise up above commerce and crime and say, hey Anthony, this is an amazing story. This is the spirit of entrepreneurship, Randy Frye with Saint Francis University said.

In coordination with Johnstown Police and SFU, the Enactus Spirit Award was given to Sanders who had one word to describe the recognition.
"Actually, I think it's cool, cool, Sanders said.

"It's touched our spirit and we wanted to bestow the spirit award on Anthony, Frye said.
"I was so proud of him, because I know he's going far. He's a good student. He's a good boy, Anthonys mother Celeste Satterwhite said.

Sanders has even bigger dreams. He said he wants to be a chef when he grows up.
Hes even offering some free advice when it comes to hard work and hard earnings.

"I think it's [like] bad that they're doing that, robbing a lemonade stand, because they could just start up and do their own if they want money that bad, Sanders said.

Sanders said he wants to save enough money to buy a Playstation 4 in December.
He said he hopes to continue the lemonade business next summer and may add a winter edition with a coffee/hot chocolate stand.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times