Milford School fifth graders create positive phone line

Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 6:47 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2022 at 6:48 PM EDT
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MILFORD, Ind. (WNDU) - When life gives you lemons, call a fifth grader. Those are the words from several students in Mrs. Van Laeken’s 5th grade class at Milford School.

It is also the name of their new positive phone line. By dialing 574-832-4965, folks can choose from five different options.

“When you call, you have five options, six if you count -- we have a Spanish line as well. All the things we are reading in English, we are also reading in Spanish. You can listen to my kids tell jokes. You can listen to them give you advice. You can listen to them tell you some inspirational quotes,” Van Laeken says.

If folks want to find out if they are smarter than a fifth grader, there is an option for that too.

“They read some random facts that fifth graders should know,” Van Laeken says.

Van Laeken says the idea was inspired by a class of of kindergarteners in California who created their own phone line called Peptok.

“We read a news story a couple of weeks ago about a school in California and they had made a phone line by some kindergarten kids,” Van Laeken says.

After talking it over with her fifth grade class, Van Laeken says her students wanted to create one of their own. Excited to get started, Van Laeken reached got the ball rolling with a phone line she was able to secure from her dad’s company.

“Mrs. Van Laeken got her dad to setup a phone line for us and then we started recording,” Mallory, a fifth grader, told 16 News Now.

Sam, who shares the same class with Mallory, says he was just hoping to make some people happy.

“We just thought it would be nice to lift people’s spirits,” Sam says.

After a few days of hard work, the “When life gives you lemons, call a fifth grader” phone line was activated on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.

A few days later, one of Van Laeken’s students, who helped put together the Spanish option for their phone line, says nothing is sweeter than putting a smile on someone’s face.

“What’s better than making people happy? That’s why we created the phone line,” Miguel says.

The “When Life Gives You Lemons, Call a Fifth Grader” phone line is active. To call and hear the voice of a Milford School fifth grader, dial 574-832-4965.

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