Mom starts lunch money fundraiser so 'no kid goes without'
(05/09/19) - A local mother is doing her part to help feed students in Corunna Public Schools.
Sarrah Riley had hoped to raise $200, but she reached and surpassed that goal in less than an hour.
The Facebook fundraiser
was inspired by her 8-year-old daughter, a student at Elsa Meyer Elementary School.
She says she wanted to forge forward with the fundraising effort to help all kids, no matter why their account may be empty or in the negative.
"I thought despite circumstances, whatever they are - whether parents forgot or don't have the money - whatever it is, I don't feel like the financial burden should ever be put on the kids especially when it comes to food in a public school that they shouldn't be able to eat," Riley said.
In less than 48 hours she's reached $1500, and she wants everyone to keep donating so that students' accounts are paid off for the rest of the year. The school district is all for it.
"It's absolutely awesome the fact that somebody can take something and turn it into a positive. To me it makes me feel good about humanity in the fact that people will turnaround and try to help people in the community," said Superintendent John Fattal.
The principal has reached out to Riley who plans to talk to the food services director about putting the donated money into student accounts next week. Next year Fattal is welcoming some financial help for parents.
"That is a formula that the state of Michigan has in place for all districts," Fattal said. "In fact, next year our pre-school, kindergarten building and Elsa Meyer will be receiving free breakfast and lunch. That formula is based on the student income within your district."
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