He came, he saw, he conquered. Joshua Smith had a one goal: to raise money to help the city of Detroit. In less than a week of selling lemonade, other beverages, and popcorn, the youngster raised a respectable $3,000. Given the fact that his most expensive product was only $2, Smith did a pretty good job.
The 9-year-old told his family that he wanted to do his part to aid the city, so they put up $100 to buy the items which he sold in front of his family home. Once he garnered national attention, Smith received donations from as far as South Africa. “I heard the city was in crisis because the city is broke and I was really upset,” he said.
In honor of his achievement, the city council rewarded smith with an award for outstanding achievement. He also received a $2,000 college scholarship from the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation.
Even with what he earned, Smith has hardly put a dent in Detroit’s $100 million deficit, but the fact that he chose to take a stand and actually followed through is what makes his story so admirable.
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