The United States of America, has some dark stories, despite being a gigantic economy. One of the most horrific stories is not giving lunch to the kindergarten kids who are in “debt!” Can you imagine, a school system doesn’t want to give food to 5-year-olds due to monetary issues?
However, we will not talk about the grim issues, but about the heroic act pulled off by another 5-year-old child – Katelynn Hardee. She is a student at Breeze Hill Elementary School in Vista, California.
One day, Katelynn overheard the parents of another child that they were struggling with the fees of the school programs. The hardship of the parents broke the young child’s heart. The young mind couldn’t understand the depth of the situation, so she sought help from her mother.
Katelynn’s mom, Karina Hardee shed light on the matter in an interview,” 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.” Rather than succumbing to despair, she wanted to be “the change.”
Katelynn rushed out and set up Kiki’s Cider & Cocoa Stand just outside her home. She collected about $80 and went to see the school authority.
She asked the school authority to clear all the outstanding balances of her classmates. Thus, this kindhearted child helped her 123 classmates clear off the debts. Her proud mom told the news, “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.”
Do you know why did go through all the hassles?
Katelynn just wanted her fellow classmates “can have a snack and lunch. If they don’t, their tummies grumble.”
Such innocence! Everyone, including the principal of the Breeze Hill Elementary School, Lori Higley, is exceptionally proud. She said, “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.”
Then, Katelynn wanted to do something even more significant – to clear off all the debts of thousands of students in her school district. She needed to manage $6,373. Guess what?
She did it!
To pay off the lump sum amount, she has set up a Fundly project called #KikisKindnessProject seeking help from everyone. The good news is that she has already collected $23,150 (by the time of writing this article).
She has lit up the blaze of inspiration hundreds of other kids. For example, Ryan Kyote, a 9-yeard-old boy from Napa, California, saved up his allowance money to cover up the $75 lunch debts of one of his classmates.
Katelynn and Ryan’s act has finally reached the ears of the politicians. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, created a new law in October to end the “School shaming.”