Plant City Elks Erase All School Lunch Debt for Students
- Written by Dee Spivey
Helping children is a priority for Plant City Lodge #1727. In February, the lodge donated $285 to Marshall Middle School to bring unpaid lunch debts current. If charges aren’t paid, the debt follows the child, and if the debt isn’t paid by the time of the student’s high school graduation, the student is not allowed to graduate.
With that in mind, the lodge rallied around the goal to pay off all student lunch debt for all Plant City’s schools. On May 3, the lodge hosted a dinner for Area 6 Superintendent, Sharon Morris; Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Larry Sykes; and a representative from each of the 17 schools in Plant City. A check was presented to each school representative. A total of $2,691.26 was donated.
Exalted Ruler, Marty Carroll, hopes the project will be an annual event. “Helping kids and helping the community is what the Elks are all about.”