AVALYN, THE HELPFUL ONE
Avalyn Berry is a fifth grade student at Sedalia Middle School in Sedalia, Mo. Avalyn lives in a house with seven of her other siblings, her father Raymond Berry and step-mom Kaylea Spain, and Avalyn’s step-grandparents Craig Spain and Deyette Bragaw. Avalyn and two of her brothers previously lived with her mother, but moved into the house in July, 2023 after her mother went to drug rehab.
After taking time to adjust to the different living space, she soon looked for ways to help out Raymond and Kaylea with duties around the house. “I just thought they would need an extra set of hands,” she said while picking up her siblings from school. Avalyn continues to balance her responsibilities as an older sister to her siblings in the home while still holding onto her adventurous and loving childhood spirit. “I like to help them because I know they might struggle with things and being a big sister, I know that it’s hard for them and I just want to help them with that.”