Hayden girl raising money to pay off all of Idaho's school lunch debt

Posted at 6:05 PM, Nov 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-12 20:05:38-05

Amiah Van Hill may only be six years old, but the Hayden Meadows Elementary student knows what it means to give. Through lemonade stands, the Hayden native is working to pay off the Gem State's entire school lunch debt, an amount that's roughly $100,000. 

“Doing lemonade stands is fun and it's also a fun way to help other people and kids,” said Amiah Van Hill. 

But if you think that goal may be too much for a little girl, then you don't know Amiah. She's already paid off Coeur D' Alene School District's lunch debt of $23,000. The money is not only coming from her lemonade stand but other donations made to her account on Go Fund Me. 

“If they do say thank you then it will make you feel really good and either way, it will make you feel good to know that you helped,” said Amiah. 

The online giving website likes her idea so much they donated a thousand dollars to her cause and featured her in a documentary on kid heroes. She's partnered with the non-profit World Impact Network to help distribute the funds. Amiah isn't letting the cold weather stop her from setting up her shop, she instead sells lemonade from inside Mountain West Banks. Amiah is proving no matter how old you are you can make a difference in this world. 

“When she started this, I actually thought I was signing up for one lemonade stand in our driveway. I thought that my work was done at the moment but just to watch her continue and do more and more has inspired me to say OK, not just one and done,” said Rachel Van Hill Amiah's mom.

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