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Lemonade Stand Teaches 12-Year-Old Tough Lesson

Barrington boy holds lemonade stand to repay his parents for breaking their computer.

A Barrington 12-year-old is learning a tough lesson about the value of a dollar this week. 

Ethan Stearney is holding a lemonade stand at the corner of Summit St.  and Hillside Ave. Although he’s earned some money through the sale, he won’t be able to keep any of it for himself. 

“Yesterday (Aug. 13), I left my parent’s computer outside and it started raining. I need to earn $400 to pay it back, so I started this lemonade stand,” Stearney said. 

Stearney’s older sister Madelyn said luckily, her brother wasn’t home when her parent’s found out about the computer. 

“They calmed down by the time he got home,” she said. 

Stearney is selling cups of lemonade and muffins at the booth he’s set up. There isn’t a price tag on any of the items for sale. Stearney is accepting whatever amount of donation money people are willing to give him. 

“I’ve saved up $100 from allowance,” he said. “From the lemonade stand, I’ve earned $35 so far.”

Stearney said he’ll be selling lemonade and muffins as long it takes to earn the money needed. 

“I’ll be here until I earn $400.”

Stearney will be back at Summit St. and Hillside Ave. Wednesday, Aug. 17, weather permitting. 

Mary Ann O'Rourke August 15, 2011 at 02:15 PM
My bet - Ethan's going far in life. I'll be over for a muffin today.
Morgan Delack August 15, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Mary Ann, I just got a call from Ethan's mom. He won't be at the stand today or tomorrow, but will hopefully be back out on Wednesday!
ethan stearney August 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM
hay its ethan stearney and i have earned $311.23 and i wil not be hear thursday til sunday thanks alot to everyone who donated it was a huge help
Morgan Delack August 18, 2011 at 01:32 PM
I hope Barrington Patch readers helped you reach your goal!
Julie Stearney August 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Thank you, everybody, for helping Ethan along on this journey. I think he not only learned the lesson that Morgan wrote about, but he learned that he is very lucky to live in such a supportive and generous community. Because he took the initiative to to hold this lemonade stand himself, worked hard, and sat out there for as many as eight hours on one of the days, his dad and I have decided to pay for the balance of the computer & set-up costs. I am confident that when Ethan is an adult, he will not pass up a single lemonade stand! Julie Stearney Ethan's mom
Morgan Delack August 24, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Julie, Ethan is going to go far in life! Thanks for updating us on the outcome of his lemonade stand. Morgan

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