5th graders in Andover skip Valentine's Day party, receive $1,200 Helping Hand to help kids in hospital

Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 9:48 AM CST
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The 5th graders at Meadowlark and Prairie Creek Elementary Schools in Andover started what's called the Kindness Project. We caught up with them earlier this month to learn about what they're doing.

The project is this : instead of throwing a Valentines Day party for themselves, they would throw one for the children at Wesley Children's Hospital.

To the students, that answer is simple.

"So we can help other people, because they don't have valentines party?" said 5th grader Aiden Jordan.

For these kids, no party is a big sacrifice.

"How important are Valentine's Day parties for kids? Very important because they get candy," said 5th grader Audrey Murphy.

We worked with Andover district leaders to get all the 5th graders from both schools into one place to get an update on their progress.

What's amazing is the kids are doing all the work. They're calling and going to businesses asking for donations, small games, crayons, blankets and gift cards. Anything they think they would want if they were stuck in a hospital.

They're also writing inspirational notes.

"It feels really great to actually help people out. I've never done this before so it's kind of new to me," said 5th grader Dalila Wall.

Listen to their response when Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers surprised them with a $1,200 check.

"Hello Prairie Creek and Meadowlark. Good morning," said Dustin DeVaughn." "Oh my gosh. Wait, what?" were just some of the kids' reactions.

"We heard about your sacrifice of your valentines day party and how hard you're working to put smiles on the kids' faces at the Wesley Children's Hospital and we decided we want to give a Helping Hand and give you $1,200," said DeVaughn.

The teachers were just as surprised as the kids and will now help them figure out how to use the money.

"I don't know if it's going to mean another project, maybe we're doing an Easter basket thing in April, I don't know. I mean $1,200 is kind of game changer for education. So I have no idea what we'll do. Whatever the kids want. Whatever they want to do," said Alicia Moss, 5th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary.

"What's this going to be able to do for the kids?" asked Scott Evans. "This can get them a whole lot of things that will maybe keep their mind off their medicine and how bad they feel," said Delilia.

That sounds like a sacrifice worth making.

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