"Ian's a special little boy," said step-father Randy Marker. "He's very kind. Every time there's a disaster we talk about how grateful we are, he is a great kid."
Mother Catherine Marker agrees, "He's a very charitable-minded child. He really is, he really wants to help people."
Fourth grade teachers Lynn Stallmer and Janice Grant said that in teaching students in her class about current global events, the students, the students in class with Ian were motivated to help out in any way they can, stating that in morning announcements they were told that 1 cent can help to buy a liter of water for those in need in Haiti.
"It was very motivating for them. I think it was a fabulous idea," said Grant of the work by the students. "It's amazing to see it at this age."