TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Owens Elementary School kindergartner, Jolie McChesney, has a big heart inside her little body.
When preparing for the first day of school a few weeks ago, she used that big heart to raise money to purchase school supplies for classmates she hadn't even met yet. On a sunny and hot August morning, Jolie ran a cookie and lemonade stand that collected $81.42, enough to purchase school supplies for five classmates.
Nikki McChesney, Jolie's mother, said that it all started with a shopping trip to purchase the supplies on Jolie's kindergarten list. As she picked out her supplies, Jolie asked, "What about kids who don't have money to buy supplies?"
Ms. McChesney explained that many people throughout the community will purchase supplies and donate them to these children. At that moment, Jolie decided she wanted to donate supplies as well.
Appreciating her enthusiasm, and seeing the opportunity to continue the lesson in generosity that had presented itself, Ms. McChesney encouraged Jolie to create the cookie and lemonade stand so that neighbors and friends could donate as well, increasing the amount of supplies that could be purchased.
After a successful morning at the lemonade stand, Jolie and her mother put the $81.42 in a shoe box and went to Walmart to purchase the supplies. As they were filling their cart, the manager approached Jolie and asked her if she had raised all the money in her box by herself. Impressed with her effort, he gave an additional 10 percent discount on the purchase.
"Can you imagine what Jolie's college resume will look like since she is already starting with philanthropy in kindergarten," Linda Gazette, Jolie's teacher, said. "Everybody in my classroom began the school year with the supplies they needed thanks to Jolie."
"It just melts my heart to know how thoughtful, kind and considerate she is to the needs of others," Ms. McChesney said. "We are so very proud of her."