Third grader pays off lunch debt for classmates


NAPA, Calif. (WTVO) — A nine-year-old boy used his allowance money to pay off lunch debts for his classmates.

The selfless gift comes from 9-year-old Ryan Kyote in Napa, California, who sayssays the idea to give back came after a conversation with his mother about kids who couldn’t afford school lunches.

Ryan asked his mom, Kylie Kirkpatrick, to find out how much his fellow third graders at west park elementary school owed.

Once he knew the sum, he anonymously paid for the outstanding debts using his allowance, the money he normally reserves to buy sports gear.

“It was, I think, $74.50. So, I took that email and came to Ryan and said, ‘what do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I guess I can pay for it.’ And I said, ‘are you sure?’ He said, ‘yes’,” Kirkpatrick said.

Ryan said, “I want them to realize people actually think about them, instead of just telling them what they did, because you’re just bragging about stuff. So, I want them to feel happy that someone actually cares about them.”

Depending on income levels, school lunches range in price from 30 cents to $3.25 each.

The school district’s policy does allow students who owe money to receive a hot meal, but Ryan said he still decided to pay it all off, in order to make others happy.

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