Four Franklin kids donate birthday money to school music program

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Four Franklin kids donate birthday money to school music program

By Jonah Kaplan. CREATED Oct 28, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 28, 2013

MILWAUKEE - These kids don't know the Beatles (yet), so according to them money can buy love of music.

Four Franklin-area children combined the money from their piggy banks to provide a Southside school, St. Joseph Academy, with three new wireless keyboards for their music program.

When 7-year-old Olivia was handed $100 for her birthday she had no hesitation turning that gift into something bigger than any seven-year old could imagine. Her generosity sparked a movement in her Franklin home and subdivision, fostering the spirit of giving back.

The essence of giving spread through the household to Olivia’s 5-year-old brother Bennett who in turn emptied his piggy bank to find $20. He followed in his big sisters footsteps and added to the growing donation pot.

Seven-year-old Landen and 5-year-old Mason, friends of Olivia and Bennett, also joined the effort and soon the Franklin group raised $350.00. Parents of both families are involved with St. Joseph Academy, and thus the school was the perfect fit to receive the children’s donation.

“We are extremely appreciative of the generosity of these young children. They are inspirational role models in showcasing that you can never be too young to give back to the community, every last bit counts,” said Principal Todd Beadle. “Our students are thrilled with the new keyboards this donation was able to provide and we hope that this too will foster a sense of giving back among our students and staff.”

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Originally from Philadelphia, Jonah Kaplan loves the culture, character and pride of Milwaukee. He's won top awards for his reporting of breaking news and severe weather.