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Second-Grader Makes Sweet Donation to Her School's Library

Inspired by a school project, she decided to use the money she made working all summer to help others.


A second grader at Myers Elementary School in Grand Blanc, MI recently raised some money for her school's library. While the fundraising itself is not the most newsworthy story, the way that she did it is pretty sweet.

Mackenzie Ball got her first bee suit when she was four years old. She wanted to be just like her uncle, who's a beekeeper. Every year she'd get a new suit for her birthday, and last year when she turned 7, she got her first hive and she's been hard at work ever since.

Over the summer, Mackenzie harvested over 80 pounds of honey, bottled it and sold it to off to her family members. By the season's end, she had earned over $550.

Here's an adorable video of Mackenzie extracting honey with her uncle:

Inspired by her school's "Positivity Project," which reminds students that "other people matter," Mackenzie decided that instead of keeping the money for herself, she would donate it all to the school's library. The librarian, Trisha Robinson, praised the girl when she found out she would be the one receiving the donation.

"I think she's a very special girl," Robinson told WCRZ-TV .

Robinson and Mackenzie will work together to buy around 100 more books for the library. Mackenzie said she's interested in buying books on bees and beekeeping of course, but she also wants to get more titles on reptiles. She also suggested adding more chapter books to the collection for older students, so they aren't left out.

"She's thinking of everybody all the time with this." - Trisha Robinson

To honor Mackenzie's donation, Robinson says she'll put a bee sticker on the spine of all the new books they purchase. As for the pint-sized pollinator, she'll be keeping busy as a bee harvesting more honey during the upcoming months.

If you'd like to purchase a bottle of Mackenzie's honey, you can contact Myers Elementary School.

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(Source: images and video Lee Withers Facebook )

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