California girl, 5, sells cocoa and cookies to raise money to help pay off lunch debts for 123 students

She was able to raise around $80 which she and her mother donated to the school to help pay off the negative lunch balance of 123 students.


                            California girl, 5, sells cocoa and cookies to raise money to help pay off lunch debts for 123 students
Katelynn Hardee decided to raise money to help fellow students with lunch debt (Fundly)

A 5-year-old student from the Breeze Hill Elementary School in Southern California decided to help out upon learning that some of her fellow students had trouble paying for lunch. 

Katelynn Hardee was very confused after she overheard a parent talk about difficulties funding after-school programs at the Vista, California, school. As reported by CNN, Katelynn's mother, Karina shared, "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."

The little girl took the message to heart and on December 8, spent the day selling hot cocoa, cider, and cookies. She was able to raise around $80 which she and her mother donated to the school to help pay off the negative lunch balance of 123 students. By doing this, Katelynn had hoped that other students "can have a snack and lunch. If they don't, their tummies grumble."

The Breeze Hill Principal, Lori Higley revealed that Katelynn's act led to other students discussing how they can make a difference as well. "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."

The 5-year-old is determined to not just continue paying off negative lunch balances at her own elementary school with her #KikisKindnessProject but to also help other students from the Vista Unified School System to pay off their lunch debts. After the accounts have been cleared, she will use the extra money to support school systems that would otherwise be removed due to budget cuts. 

A Fundly page was started to help with donations to #KikisKindnessProject. As of Tuesday, the page had raised $635 out of a goal of $50,000.