Do you ever marvel at how smart some children can be at such a young age? Not exactly like the one’s who are child prodigies and can play a violin concert at the age of 3… although, yeah, that pretty amazing too. But just your regular-type child who comes up with a great idea to help others out? That’s pretty special in itself. Wouldn’t you agree?
One of those children is Katelynn Hardee. She’s a 5-year-old in kindergarten at Breeze Hill Elementary School in Vista, California. One day, Katelynn happened to overhear a parent say she was having a hard time paying for an after-school program. The youngster went to her mom and was very inquisitive.
Says her mom, Karina: “She started asking me a lot of questions and I just tried to explain to her that sometimes people aren’t as fortunate and that we need to try to be kind and give when we can.”
Well, that talk worked to inspire a thought in Katelynn’s young head. What if, she thought, she could do something to pay off that negative balance on the lunches at her elementary school… And how many other 5-year-olds would ever think of something like that?
Katelynn was just worried about her other classmates and students at the school. Because they owed money, they might be cut off from getting hot lunches altogether. So the young girl, with a little help from her mom, set up a special stand in front of her home. It offered hot cocoa, cider and cookies… the three Cs that are just as good out of school as they are IN school.
In a short time, Katelynn had raised $80 from the sale of the goodies, and she and her mom donated all of it to help pay off the negative lunch balances at the school.
Says the school’s principal, Lori Higley: “Everybody is just so proud and happy and other students are already talking about ways they can also make a difference. It goes to show that even one small, kind act from a 5-year-old can mean the difference for someone in their life.”
But now, Katelynn has an even BIGGER mission in her life. She wants to raise enough money to completely wipe out all of the negative lunch balances in the entire school district. To get it started, she and other students hosted a cocoa and baked goods stand recently to raise as much money as possible. If there is any money left over, it will go to support school programs that have been targeted for elimination.
Says Katelynn’s mom: “It’s all about kindness. Especially this holiday season, and with everything that’s going on in the world, we just need a little bit more kindness out there.” So if you’ve always thought that all little girls want to do is play with dolls, think again. This is one 5-year-old who seems to be thinking quite a bit.