Kindergartner pays for classmates' milk money

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Sunshine Oelfke begins every class by practicing how to write her name.

Monday was the first time she spelled it out loud, correctly.

With that milestone, she appears to be like any other five-year-old. It's when you find out just how big her heart is, that you realize she's no ordinary kindergartner.

It's a rule in the Oelfke household to have milk with every meal - no ifs, ands, or buts. So when Sunshine noticed one of her classmates didn't have milk during snack time, she decided to take matters into her own hands, and brought in money that would've otherwise gone to her piggy bank.

"I always tell my students when they do something that really amazes me, I get kindergarten goosebumps," Sunshine's teacher, Rita Hausher said. "I got kindergarten goosebumps from my toes to the top of my head."

All students had access to money from the piggy bank so everyone could have milk.

Since then, Sunshine and her grandmother, Jackie, have raised close to $411 for the classroom. They hope to raise a total of $700 on their Go Fund Me page to support the class for the entire second semester.

The good deed hasn't gone unnoticed throughout the school.

"We talk about our rules and do what's right and treat others the way you want to be treated," Principal Bernie Anderson said. "This all kind of falls in line and it's a great example that when you teach it and you emphasize it, the children pick up on it, they understand there's a need and they understand the value in helping."

Sunshine has two piggy banks - one yellow and one made out of glass. Despite filling them with intentions on buying her first snowmobile, Sunshine says she isn't worried about giving the money away.

"No, I got some more," Sunshine said.

It costs anywhere between $7 to $8 for every student to have milk during snack time. Mrs. Hausher has 20 students in total. She estimates about half of them don't have the money for milk.

"It just goes to show that one person, no matter how old, how young, can make a huge, huge difference in the world," Hausher said. "I'm very proud of her. Very proud of her."

If you'd like to help, you can make a donation on their Go Fund Me page, or send money directly to Sunshine's home at 152 Angeline St. Ishpeming, MI 49849.

Sunshine will hand deliver every cent.




 
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