In Third Grade most kids are getting into subjects such as history, science, languages, and math more deeply. But at least one kid in Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary School in Laurel County, Kentucky is more interested in living by the Golden Rule of God – Love Thy Neighbour.
It started when Bella Smith, a 9-year-old from the school, was talking with one of her classmates about birthday celebrations when she found out that he had never had one. It turned out his family could not afford to have a birthday party nor a cake to celebrate his day. Bella then turned to her mother Marlana Evans, who also happens to be a teacher at the school, and asked her to buy a cake for her classmate. Buying a cake for every kid in the school who couldn’t afford one wasn’t really feasible however as 80% of the students are poor according to Evans.
Instead they decided that there was another way to get these kids cake for their birthday; Donations. So now Bella collects donations of cake mixes, icing and party supplies; packs them into boxes; and gives them to the family resource center at her school. Family Resource Center staff send the supplies to the homes of students who might not otherwise have a birthday celebration. And for the last two years on her own birthday, Bella has asked for donations for the birthday boxes she puts together for others, and her family sometimes use their own money to complete them.
So far this year Bella has made 80 boxes, her goal is to reach 100, Evans thinks she will pass that goal. You can find a bit more about her in your Good News Story of the Day here. But for Bella? According to the video that showed up on Good Morning America she only has this to say: “I thank God for the opportunity for letting me be able to shine my light and show that I love my neighbors.”
Story and Image from the Lexington Herald-Leader.