CALDWELL – A local kindergartner is teaching others how to give selflessly this holiday season.
After a fire ripped through a Caldwell apartment complex last month, a complex that two of her classmates lived in, Harper Taylor wanted to do something to help.
“That morning I was getting ready and I heard a bunch of sirens outside,” Harper’s teacher, Mrs. Vadapalli said. “I didn’t know for sure what it was, but I knew it was bad by the amount of sirens.”
For brothers Aidan and Anthony, they were forced to flee their home in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
“[Aidan] told me to wake up and we run fast out of my house and we saw a fire,” Anthony said.
“Then we get out of the house, then we go to someone else’s house to be safe,” Aidan said.
“Then the firefighters and the police come.”
For kindergartners, understanding what it means to lose everything was something Mrs. Vadapalli wanted to address together.
“We just sat them down and we did talk to them about friends who did lose everything in the fire, and we did talk about how would you feel if this happened to you,” Vadapalli said.
“Some of them were really sad, some of them didn't get it right away some of them processed it and came back the next day with questions.”
After talking about it at school, Harper decided she had to do something to help.
“Her mom said she went upstairs in her purse and divided [the coins] all out evenly; she didn’t know much each coin was worth, but a big one and a big one and a little one and a little one,” Mrs. Vadapalli said. “It was her own money.”
Harper says she did it “so [Aidan and Anthony] could buy new stuff.”
Harper’s mom said she didn’t even know she was doing it.
“I was just moved to tears because I thought, ‘oh my goodness, a kindergartner doing this and my daughter doing this, this is amazing,’” Harper’s mom said.
“But that's Harper. She always thinks of others before herself and that's just how she came into the world. That's just who she is meant to be.”
“She brought me over two baggies and two cards and handed it over like it was nothing,” Mrs. Vadapalli said. “She was just doing it because it was the right thing to do.”
Mrs. Vadapalli took a video of the donation of Harper’s donation and posted it to the classroom’s Facebook page.
“Everybody was just saying how amazing she is and they were so inspired to see that someone so little knew what it was all about,” Mrs. Vadapalli said.
“These guys are mini but they are mighty and people don't realize that and I was so proud that somebody so little was already thinking of others instead of herself.”