9-year-old boy in US pays off lunch debt of schoolmates

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A 9-year-old boy from California, United States used his own allowance to pay off the school lunch debts of his peers.

Ryan Kirkpatrick, a student at West Park Elementary School, decided to do the good deed after having a conversation with his mother about children who cannot afford school meals, as per ABC7 on June 10. The young boy apparently asked his mother Kylie Kirkpatrick to find out just how much his peers owed the school.

"It was I think US$74.50 (S$102). So I took that e-mail and came to Ryan and said, 'What do you want to do?' and he said, 'I guess I can pay for it,'" Kylie said in the report. "I said, 'Are you sure?' And he said, 'yes.'"

Elementary school meals usually cost around US$0.3 to US$3.25 and depends on one's income levels, as per the report, but those who owe the school their lunch money would still get served meals.

Nevertheless, Ryan decided to use his own money - usually allocated for buying sports gear - to pay for the lunch debts of his fellow third graders.

"I want them to realise people actually think about them because you're just bragging about stuff," Ryan was quoted as saying. "I want them to feel happy someone cares about them."

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