5-Year-Old Girl Pays Off 123 Schoolmates’ Lunch Balances by Selling Cocoa & Cookies

When 5-year-old Katelynn Hardee overheard a Breeze Hill Elementary School parent say she was having difficulty paying for her child’s after-school program, the Vista, California, kindergartener asked her mom to explain why people found themselves in such a predicament. Katelynn’s mother responded by saying, “Sometimes people aren’t as fortunate and we need to try to be kind and give when we can.” Katelynn then decided to set up a stand in her front yard, where she sold enough cookies and cocoa to pay off the negative lunch balances of 123 students at her school. Her mom tells CNN that Kateylynn’s next goal is to sell enough baked goods to pay off the balances of “thousands of negative accounts” at schools in the Vista Unified School District.