LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A group of four siblings, teenage and college-aged, pulled up to The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary School Thursday morning with a lunch surprise for all the school's teachers.
The siblings work, or have worked, at Chick-fil-A and acquired "Chick-fil-A bucks" for their dedication to the job. As a group, they decided to donate lunch to about 60 teachers.
"Each quarter at Chick-fil-A that we work there we get a certain amount of 'hero money,' which is money that we can use for certain projects that we want to just kind of like donate, the resources that have been provided to us," Kate Madill said. "So when we heard all of the staff here was going to be eating lunch every day during their like development hours. It was just like, 'well, we could provide them with lunch and Chick-fil-A a has great food. So we could provide them with lunch and kind of just like reach out to them, get to know the school a little bit' because none of us went here."
The siblings did not attend the school, but their father is the assistant principal.
"I got a text from Mr. Madill saying that the kids wanted to use their Chick-fil-A bucks, and I had never even heard of Chick-fil-A bucks," TALME Principal Dr. Greg Ross said. "I guess if you don't work that you would never know it existed. And I was like, 'OK, what do they want to do?’ And when he told me that they had worked there that long and had chosen to give the funds that they earn to buy lunch for our staff, I was pretty much amazed."
The siblings told LEX 18 the project was all about showing support to their dad and his teachers.
"I think having his teachers know that he really is here to be here for his school, especially during this time; that his family also supports him, because we're grateful for all he does for us.” Madill said. “So kind of his bigger family of the teachers."
Dr. Ross explained Thursday's delivery went beyond a meal.
"Not only just an act of kindness but really given funds that they didn't have to give that they could have donated to anything or used for themselves so it's just … it almost brought me to tears," he said.
Although this is the siblings' first project of this nature, they said they would be open to doing it again.
"It's really fun and I think if we can do it again in the future that'll be a good thing," Madill said.