About ten weeks ago, six-year-old Dylan Rodrigues told his parents that he really wanted a hundred-dollar bill. His parents, Holly Raines and Marco Rodrigues, told him — somewhat jokingly — that he better get to work. So he did.
With some construction help from his dad, Dylan built a lemonade stand that is wheeled out in front of their home in Ocean Beach “mostly only weekends and during [Wednesday's] farmers' market,” Dylan said. “It’s hard work, but I do it so I can help people and save money.”
It wasn’t long before Dylan started turning a profit and earned $100.
“I’ve been buying some stuff but mostly I put it in my bank account,” Dylan said. “And some in my savings and some in the account I use to buy all the stuff for the lemonade. But I really want to make money so I can help people by giving some people toys and food because they don’t have anything…. And at my lemonade stand, even if you don’t have money, I can give you a cup.”
“He’s always been really sweet and a go-getter and he’s always been very helpful,” Dylan’s mom told me. “His teacher even told me that Dylan hates when things are unfair — that’s one of the biggest things that really upsets him…. And he’s always wanted to make money. He’s always wanted a hundred-dollar bill, so he was really excited when he made enough to trade in the dollars for a hundred-dollar bill and have money left over to help others.”
“It's hard work, standing up in the sun all day, but I love selling lemonade and I love helping people, “ Dylan said. “And I’m learning math and that you have to spend money to make money and you can’t always borrow money.”