Seventh-grader’s sweet gesture

first_img Two customers at the hair salon where Keily works, Gail Monti and Barbara Penn, donated money for candy; Endeavour teachers JoDee Luna and Susan Hall donated candy; and a teacher at Kylene’s brother’s school, Monte Vista, donated paper, Keily said. Kylene and her mother made American flag die-cuts for the candy-grams, and her brother Jake helped her tape candy to the paper. Kylene put up posters advertising the candy sale around school and put a blurb about it in the school bulletin. She and friend Haley sold the candy-grams at lunchtime, sitting at a table up on a stage. “It was fun. I knew I was doing it for something good. It felt good to know they were supporting me,” Kylene said. “I think it’s pretty good for a little kid to want to help other people. We try to make them give back because they have too much anyway,” Keily said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Principal Bob Porter said he encourages public service projects and lauded Kylene’s effort. “Personally, I love to see that. Especially for middle school and adolescence, to start developing an idea of giving back to the community and just being aware of other people’s problems, I thought it was neat,” Porter said. “She got an idea herself and decided to act on it.” Kylene’s mother, Terri Keily, said her daughter decided to act after the family had gone shopping and bought items to donate to another hurricane relief effort organized by Lancaster moving firm Farley Brothers. “She wanted to do something to raise money for hurricane victims. She thought, ‘Maybe I could do something at school,”‘ her mother said. Having served as school treasurer last year, Kylene decided to sell candy-grams, a popular school fundraiser. LANCASTER – Endeavour Middle School seventh-grader Kylene Keily wanted to help hurricane victims, so she raised $352 by selling her own version of “candy-grams” at her school. Kylene asked people to donate paper and candy, and she and her 9-year-old brother, Jake, put the candy-grams together. She and friend Haley Rabiej sold them for 50 cents to a $1, depending on the size of the treat, during lunch period. “When I was just watching TV with my mom and saw the hurricane stuff, I felt bad for them,” said Kylene, 12. “I just felt really bad we had all these things and they didn’t. We had food, water and shelter and they had nothing, and so maybe if I raised money, I could try to give them food, water and clothing.” Kylene plans to present a check to the Red Cross at the Lancaster School District board meeting on Tuesday. last_img read more