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[Weekly Inspiration] Student Pays off Classmates’ Lunch Debt with His Allowance

[Weekly Inspiration] Student Pays off Classmates’ Lunch Debt with His Allowance

A 9-year-old, California student, Ryan Kyote, made a very kind, selfless decision to help his whole 3rd grade class out. After saving up his allowance, he decided to use it to pay off his classmates’ lunch money debt which totaled to $74.50.

Ryan’s mom, Kylie Kirkpatrick, mentioned that normally he would spend this allowance money on sports gear, but he was moved after hearing a story about a 5-year-old girl that was denied lunch because she couldn’t afford it. His concern lead to Kirkpatrick calling about Napa School District’s school lunch policy, and they discovered that students aren’t denied lunch, but they do accrue debt if they don’t have money.

According to a CBS News article, Ryan said “Nobody should have to buy their lunch at school. We should just have lunch together, because we're friends and that's what we do,” and he didn’t want his classmates to have to pay for their debt.

Since his donation, Ryan has stolen the nation’s attention with his wisdom and kind heart. Great job, Ryan!

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Alexis Brakebill

Alexis graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She started working as a Marketing Associate for Edmentum in March 2018 and aspires to provide educators and students with resources that will make a difference in their day-to-day lives.