West Grove >> The holiday spirit continues to grow in Avon Grove. Earlier this month, two anonymous donations paid off more than $800 of student lunch debt at Penn London Elementary School and Avon Grove Intermediate School, as well as the $1600+ lunch debt of Fred S. Engle Middle School (FSEMS) and Avon Grove High School students. Avon Grove students have received yet another random act of kindness, this time in the form of an ongoing donation. The donor, a local business owner, has committed to providing $250 per quarter to help ensure that all Fred S. Engle Middle School students can move into high school without a lunch debt.
Middle School Principal Michael Berardi shared genuine surprise and appreciation at the donation. “The Avon Grove community continues to show an indisputable kindness to their students. It is truly a privilege to work with such an exceptional community.”
When asked what inspired the donation, the good Samaritan shared that the inspiration for the donation arose from partaking in an event at FSEMS. The donor wanted to help families in need and make sure all children were fed.
The Avon Grove School District policy provides full meals for all students. For those students who are unable to pay, a negative balance is recorded and weekly invoices are sent home. All students are eligible to receive meals regardless of their ability to pay. 27% of Fred S. Engle Middle School students are enrolled in the free or reduced-price meal plan.
Superintendent Marchese added, “These donations speak directly to the strong ties of our community, pulling together to help others in need.”