At 7 years old Emauni J Manley has already made a difference to the lives of young people. At just 5 years she wrote a book about having a positive self-image after a few mean kids made her feel bad about her appearance. Now as a 7 year old she is helping those fellow students who can’t afford school lunches and her plea is going out around the nation.
The second grader from Charles County, Maryland, noticed some of her classmates eating a cold sandwich while others were enjoying a larger hot meal.
“I saw some kids just eating a cheese sandwich,” EmauniJ told NBC Washington. When she asked why she was told those children with a lunch account deficit of more than $25 couldn’t have a hot lunch.
‘Taking the initiative’
The thoughtful, smart 7-year-old decided to do something about this and launched a Social media fundraiser with a goal of $800. In one day she surpassed this figure and had raised $1,005. Currently she’s raised almost $4,000 in just under a week. “It’s really cool to see a student who’s 7 taking the initiative to impact other students at the school,” Emauni J’s Principal Ben Harrington told NBC Washington.
He said out of 500 students, about 100 receive alternative lunches. “They can go $25 before they get the alternative meal. Once you get into that deficit, sometimes it’s difficult to come back,” he added.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Kylie – My friend never has money for lunch. She won’t tell the teachers or anyone because her mom told her not to ask for lunch money. She will not accept my money or any money from friends. She lies and says she is not hungry. Then there are the people who sit around us that yell at her for asking one of my friends for snacks. The point is, don’t sit there yelling at someone for asking for food, because they might have no money or have parents that wont give them any. Pls think about this boy and my friend when you see someone with no food, and pls try to help.
Jasneet Kaur – Awsmmmm…. Great i only wish that such kind of humanity is left in people nowadays.
Eric – Donate to you local food bank with money or help them pack lunches. Most food banks have backpack programs so kids don’t go home hungry for the weekend. It happens more often than you think.
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