Student embraces new journey at Heston School

Fifth-grader Makahi Thornton participated in the track program and the entrepreneurial project, where he helped raise money for the SPCA.


Makahi Thornton has a love for learning. Makahi, who is a fifth-grader at Edward Heston School at 1621 N. 54th St., is always finding new ways to learn different things. Whether it is reading a book above his grade level or participating in the entrepreneurial project at his school.

“This was actually my first year at Heston,” Makahi said. “I came here after my other school had a fire. Heston is a good school. The staff and teachers are really nice. My favorite subject is reading. I love being able to read different books. The books that I read right now are on an eighth-grade level. I like to be challenged. I just like learning new things.”

Makahi has been taking full advantage of his opportunities at Heston. He participated in the entrepreneurial project and track program.

“The fifth-grade class, Room 316, had an entrepreneurial project where we were selling cupcakes, water ice and ice cream sandwiches,” Makahi said. “The money that we raised we wanted to give to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to help the abandoned and abused animals. We came up with the idea after we saw a YouTube video and had an actual lesson on the SPCA. Before we started raising the money, we had to write up a business plan. We ended up raising $400 in two days.”

Makahi said that it was during his class visit to the SPCA in May, that made him feel proud that he helped raise money for the organization.

“When we went to visit the SPCA, I saw roosters there who were used for fighting,” Makahi said. “They had dogs who had three legs and cats who had two legs and were hyperactive. They also had some bunny rabbits.

“We went there to not just see and feed the animals, but to also give the SPCA a check for the money we raised,” he added. “The biggest lesson I’ve learned through all of this is that it’s good to give back and talk about things that are important to you. I also learned that animals should have a safe home and environment to live in.”

While Makahi will be moving on to middle school in the fall, he is already thinking about his future.

“I definitely want to go to college, but not just any college I want to go to Howard University after I graduate from high school. I also want to be a lawyer when I grow up.” (215) 893-5716

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