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Montana second grader starts his own philanthropic business

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Jacob Studer is a second grader -- but when he's not learning with his classmates, he's operating a successful business.

Studer, who lives in Billings, Montana, has started a business making walking sticks for family and friends. He charges $7 for "grown-up" walking sticks and $5 for children's sticks.

But, for Studer, the goal isn't to make money for his own use.

"Every time I make a 100 dollars I will give it to a thing that needs it like the poor, cancer, even pet shelter," says Studer of his business. "Like the pets that are in danger and that don't have home."

The program also helps students at Studer's school who need extra counseling, as funding goes to providing snacks and field trips for his fellow classmates.

Studer began his business selling walking sticks in his family's driveway, but now the program has a website and Facebook page to help Jacob and his mother handle the orders flowing in.

"He just was born with a big heart," says Jacob's mother Anna Studer. "He goes out of his way to think about others [and] what they might need."

To learn more about Studer's "Billing's Best Hiking Sticks" business, visit his website at

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