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5-year-old pays student lunch debts

Katelynn Hardee at her hot cocoa and cookies stand Facebook/Breeze Hill Elementary School PTA

5-year-old pays student lunch debts

Katelynn Hardee, 5, warmed bellies and hearts by selling hot cocoa and cookies to help her friends at school. After baking for hours, she raised $80 that went toward paying off the lunch debts of 123 classmates in Vista, Calif.

What inspired her? Hardee’s mother told KSWB-TV in San Diego her daughter overheard her say some families had a hard time paying for their children’s lunches. She had put together a lemonade stand during the summer and decided a similar plan for this time of year would work to help her friends.

Dig deeper: Read Hannah Harris’ report in The Sift about another generous donor who stepped up to help families pay their school lunch debts.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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