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A third grader spent her summer selling candy bars to raise money to help her classmates

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Jade Meade poses with some of the backpacks and school supplies she was able to buy for her classmates by selling candy bars to raise money. Jade Meade poses with some of the backpacks and school supplies she was able to buy for her classmates by selling candy bars to raise money.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jade Meade admits she had a busy summer. The eight-year-old noticed some of her classmates were in need, so she spent her off time raising money to help them. 

She spent some time playing with friends, practicing gymnastics and playing baseball -- but she also sold candy bars.

Actually, she sold a lot of candy bars.

She ended up raising close to $500 and did it with a sweet line: "I would say, 'Would you like a candy bar and help less fortunate kids?'"

"Her friends at school, sometimes they wouldn't have paper, or the things that she had and she wanted to make sure that they had the things that they needed," said Meade's mother Trista Vertrees.

"I just saw the kids here at school and I wanted to help them," Meade said. She says the idea of providing backpacks just sort of came to her.

"One day I was up in my room watching something and I just thought of it and went down and told my mom and my dad," she explained.

The money paid for classroom materials and 35 backpacks stocked with supplies.

"When I carried them in, I felt happy because I know I was helping someone else," said Meade.

John F. Kennedy Elementary Principal Opal Dawson has seen the appreciation on the faces of kids and parents.

"[One mom] had tears in her eyes, she said, 'you know Ms. Dawson, that is really nice,' she said, 'because I didn't get paid til later in the week, but school started,'" Dawson explained.

"It's really important for me to let jade know -- my other daughter know -- the importance of paying it forward, without help from my aunts and the school system, I wouldn't be able to do the things that I've been able to do," said Vertrees. "I was one of those kids, that if I didn't have my aunts and the school system, I wouldn't have had those needed supplies."

Vertrees could not be prouder of her daughter's compassionate heart.

"To see her want to help other people, it touches my heart, and it's indescribable really," she said.

Meade is reminding us all what happens when you listen to your heart, when someone is in need.

"[I felt] happy, made me feel good inside," she said. 

Meade has already set a goal set for next year of 100 backpacks.

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