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9-year-old Katelynne Nail is donating a total of $53.75 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital after a lesson she recently learned about asking for money and telling the truth.
As of Tuesday, September 4, 2018
GRANGEVILLE As is often the case, life lessons can come unexpectedly and at a young age.
So it was for 9-year-old Katelynne Nail.
Unbeknownst to her parents, Katelynne spent some time at the Idaho County Fair Friday, Aug. 17, asking people for money.
“I thought she was at the 4-H dance – I was shocked when I found out what she had been doing,” Tammy Nail said.
Katelynne told people she was collecting money and was going to give it to kids with cancer.
That was partly true.
“I needed $4 for a water weenie,” she said. “I was going to give the rest to kids with cancer.”
Katelynne did say she felt like what she was asking was “a little bit wrong.”
“I really knew when my mom caught me and said we were going to have a conversation,” Katelynne said.
By that time, Katelynne’s fund-raising efforts had garnered $11.25.
“At first I wasn’t sure what to do,” Tammy said. “I don’t know exactly what she told people or who donated.”
After she let her daughter know there has to be complete transparency when asking for money — and that children must always discuss this with their parents first — she made a decision.
“Everyone makes mistakes — that’s how we learn,” Tammy said. “But this needed to be something that she would remember.”
Tammy decided part of Katelynne’s learning experience would be to match those funds — $11.25 from her own bank account — as well as researching who to send the money to. Another part of the lesson is to tell her story.
“I think I will remember this. Stealing isn’t right. I do want to help kids with cancer,” Katelynne emphasized.
In all, because a couple of friends matched her donation, Katelynne was able to send $53.75 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
“She admitted her mistake and owned it,” Tammy said. “I really do think she will remember this lesson.”
Katelynne is a fourth grader at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.