South Carolina alumni group working to pay student lunch debt

South Carolina student lunch debts. A group of alumni in South Carolina is working to pay the student debt. Fort Mill School District spokesman Joe Burke says as of June 18, the most recent information available, students had about $12,000 in combined student lunch debt.

The Herald reports the Fort Mill Ol’ School Crowd is gathering donations to cover that balance.

Each school has an Angel Fund, in which community members and mostly importantly alumni can donate to ease the student lunch debts. Jean Deese, an alumni who helped start the debt relief effort, says they’ve been donating to that fund for about two years now. She says students with balances are given an alternative lunch that makes the kids feel different and can lead to bullying.

Deese says they’ve raised more than $5,000 since starting the effort.

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