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Jessamine County students surprised when donor pays off lunch debts

Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:23:02-04

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A random act of kindness is giving a lot of students in Jessamine County a fresh start this school year.

School officials said an anonymous donor paid off all the school lunch debt over the summer, meaning students don't have to worry about paying up.

"We are doing everything that we can to remove as many barriers that exist to include students who might be coming to school hungry," said Superintendent Matt Moore.

But this year, as students file through doors and the lunch lines in Jessamine County, they have one less thing to worry about.

"The family made a commitment to donate $4,400 to cover the debt," said Moore.

School officials said that over the summer a donor paid off all school lunch debts across the district, so no student has to start the year owing money.

"It's obviously nice to being the school year debt-free and I think it's probably comforting to parents to know that that has been covered by someone in the community," said Moore.

The act of kindness comes as a welcome suprise for students and staff. While LEX 18 can't reveal the person who is responsible, on behalf of the entire district, Moore wants to say this:

"Just so appreciative to the families that reach out and try to make a difference in our community. It is truly felt and we thank you very much."