Phone app helps Temecula girl with act of kindness for lonely classmate

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A 10-year-old Temecula girl doesn't speak Spanish, but that didn't stop her from reaching out to a new classmate who just moved to her school from Mexico. (KABC)

A new school can be very challenging for students, especially if they don't speak English.

One young student did her part to make her Temecula school more welcoming to a classmate who just moved from Mexico.

Amanda Moore does not speak Spanish but she didn't let them stop her from reaching out to a new classmate at Paloma Elementary who doesn't speak English.

The 10-year-old girl noticed her new classmate seemed to be lonely and sitting by himself.

She used Google Translate on her smartphone to help write a letter to him: "Would you like to sit with me today? Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We can color or simply tell scary stories. Thank you for your time, signed Amanda."

"I just wanted to tell him it's OK if he could sit over by us," Amanda said. "Even though we can't really speak Spanish together, I don't really know Spanish, but we could still hang out."

Amanda's family has hosted exchange students and uses the app to communicate.

Her mother, Kimber Kinard, got emotional after learning about her daughter's spontaneous act of kindness.

Though cameras weren't allowed in the classroom, Amanda's mother related what happened in school Wednesday:

"She walked over and gave it to him, and he stared at Amanda and then he opened it up and was trying to read it," Kinard said. "When he finished reading it, his eyes were welling up with tears and then Amanda's eyes were welling up with tears.

"And then the whole class stood up and applauded. He stood up and he hugged her."

Amanda said she really had just a simple motivation: "I just think he shouldn't be alone. Everybody should have a buddy."
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