Anonymous Donor Pays School Lunch Debt at Piedmont Elementary

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 16, 2019 06:13 PM

An anonymous donor paid off all the school lunch debt at Piedmont Elementary as a gift to his wife for Mother's Day. 

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Principal Beth Shermoen said a man stopped into the office a couple weeks ago and asked her about the unpaid breakfast and lunch accounts. She has been principal for four years and said it is not unusual for people to want to help out a bit. 

"We've had people walk in and hand $100 bills to us," Shermoen said.

But when she asked how much he was interested in giving, he requested she take the time to total the unpaid accounts. 

It came to $2,209.

He later returned with his daughter and handed Principal Shermoen a check -- for the full $2,209. 

"It was really an emotional time because you could just really see the giving heart that this gentleman had because it's something that his wife actually asked for for Mother's Day," she said. 

They wanted to remain anonymous, but the principal said they are a Piedmont family who wanted to make a difference in students' lives.

"What a family that does that, you know?" Principal Shermoen said. 

She said the school is "very, very grateful" and that it is a great way to end the academic year.

"Sometimes, we get so overshadowed by the negative things that happen in our daily experiences that we have to remember to focus on the positives because there's a lot of really good people out there," she said. "And whether it's a small gift or a big gift, it has the same impact. It can help people, and it can make a difference in their life."


Baihly Warfield

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