CEO Offers to Pay Off Children’s School Lunch Debt

CEO Offers to Pay Off Children’s School Lunch Debt

A CEO has offered to pay $20k in lunch debt for Penn school children after the district threatened foster care if the debt isn’t paid. They have also declined the $20k. What’s the deal?

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I don’t know about you, but from what I remember the school lunches in my district were not the greatest of all time by any means at all. I recall walking into the cafeteria standing in line with the rest of my class as the lunch lady plopped a very oddly opaque looking burger to my foam tray and I keep walking in line to pick up some fruit, probably an orange. Now I take my pick from either apple juice or milk in a bag, usually not the milk, and then finally hand the lunch lady the card with my name as she scans it and sends me on my jolly way.

Luckily for me, I was privileged enough to never have to worry about paying for my school lunches as my parents would just pay it whenever I amounted any charges, but what are the repercussions of not paying for those school lunches.

According to the Wyoming Valley West School District in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, if parents don’t pay for their children’s school lunch debt, then their child could be placed in foster care. On July 9th they sent a letter where they threatened parents not with suspension or fines, but with contacting “proper authorities” and having their children taken away from them. The debt comes from about 1,000 students who owe a combined total of about $22,000 to the district.

When CEO and co-founder of La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Todd Carmichael, heard about this, he acted and offered to give the School District the full $22,000 to pay off the debt accrued by all the families. The CEO’s spokesman said that the school board President Joseph Mazur rejected the proposal from Carmichael, saying that those parents can afford to pay the debt.

That’s not the only rejection in the story so far, as the Luzerne County child welfare agency director voiced his discontent on the matter demanding a retract because it was a misrepresentation. Regardless, the school district’s lawyer, Charles Coslett, expressed his support on WYOU-TV stating that it worked for its intended purpose of getting the parents’ attention on what they owe.

Carmichael then noted in the Associated Press that the offer remains on the table, and he’s waiting to see what comes next. So, it’s the schools turn to react once more.


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A CEO has offered to pay $20k in lunch debt for Penn school children after the district threatened foster care if the debt isn’t paid. They have also declined the $20k. What’s the deal?

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30% Teaching responsibility
70% Power trip
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27% Teaching responsibility
73% Power trip
Females
41% Teaching responsibility
59% Power trip

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