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Boy Raises Money for Others to Attend Summer Program

One Willard boy used fifteen hand-written letters to make a difference in not only his life, but the lives of two other children. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

Fourth grader Hayden Windmiller took it upon himself to write letters to 15 businesses in hopes of raising enough money to send himself and two others to Drury University’s Summer Quest program.

Summer Quest provides classes and activities for gifted students and encourages them to use their intellectual and creative abilities.

Hayden’s letters started out as a way to work on his formal writing skills, but quickly became much more.

“It was about time for me to do formal letters and I needed to practice my cursive writing. So my mom set me up with a little bit of a challenge, to write these letters and see if I could raise money to help me go and we took it to another level to try to help two other kids,” he says.

Hayden made it a point to personally visit the 15 businesses who donated money for the kids to attend the program.

At the Summer Quest program, Hayden plans to take a web page design class where he will post pictures and names of each donor. The two students who will receive the donations will be chosen based on need.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.