outbrain
Close  

9-year-old boy pays off lunch debt of grade three schoolmates

/ 02:24 PM June 10, 2019
9-year-old pays for peers' lunch debt

INQUIRER.net

A 9-year-old boy from California, United States used his own allowance to pay off the school lunch debts of his peers.

Ryan Kirkpatrick, a student at West Park Elementary School, decided to do the good deed after having a conversation with his mother about children who cannot afford school meals, as per ABC7 on June 10. The young boy apparently asked his mother Kylie Kirkpatrick to find out just how much his peers owed the school.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It was I think $74.50. So I took that e-mail and came to Ryan and said, ‘What do you want to do?’ and he said, ‘I guess I can pay for it,’” Kylie said in the report. “I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘yes.’”

Elementary school meals usually cost around 30 cents (about P15) to $3.25 (almost P170) and depends on one’s income levels, as per the report, but those who owe the school their lunch money would still get served meals.

FEATURED STORIES

Nevertheless, Ryan decided to use his own money — usually allocated for buying sports gear — to pay for the lunch debts of his fellow third graders.

“I want them to realize people actually think about them because you’re just bragging about stuff,” Ryan was quoted as saying. “I want them to feel happy someone cares about them.” Cody Cepeda/JB

RELATED STORIES: 

Nueva Ecija student’s apology for missing class breaks teacher’s heart 

Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision 

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: California, Education, elementary school, Nutrition, School Lunch
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.