Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Students at North Hardin High School are using their senior project to help pay down their classmates’ debt. Phoenix Compton and two other seniors are challenging the school to a “coin war,” in which the four grades compete to raise the most money to cover unpaid school lunches. “We took the coin war and we spun it our own way. We wanted to help people with the lunch debt,” Compton said. Leslie Hall, the youth service center coordinator for the school, said more than half of the students are on free or reduced lunch programs. Those who aren’t are charged $2.70 for each meal. She explained that sometimes, families can’t afford to keep paying.”You’re allowed to charge so much, and then we have to start making phone calls and then the debt accumulates,” Hall said. Compton got the idea for the coin war because he’s seen the problem up close. “I have friends that are not expecting to be in lunch debt, and then they get their plate taken away,” he said. “That’s really hard to see.” Hardin County Schools estimates families across the district owe around $30,000 total in unpaid school lunch debt. “The fact is that some of the kids that come here, they receive their breakfast and lunch at school. That may be the only meals that they get during that day,” Hall said. Compton and his classmates set a goal of $50, but Compton said he hopes to raise closer to $75. “It’s an event so people have their competitive spirit about them, and they want to see who wins. So, it gives them an incentive,” he said. Hall said she wasn’t surprised Compton saw his senior project as an opportunity to do some good.”The caring nature of our students, of wanting to take care of their fellow students, has really shone through in many senior projects that have gone through my office. But this one really just is amazing,” she said. For Compton, making sure his classmates don’t go hungry was a no-brainer.”I wanted to help anybody any way I can, so this really popped up when a lot of people came up to me and were telling me about their lunch debt and how much they need help,” he said.

RADCLIFF, Ky. —

Students at North Hardin High School are using their senior project to help pay down their classmates’ debt.

Phoenix Compton and two other seniors are challenging the school to a “coin war,” in which the four grades compete to raise the most money to cover unpaid school lunches.

“We took the coin war and we spun it our own way. We wanted to help people with the lunch debt,” Compton said.

Leslie Hall, the youth service center coordinator for the school, said more than half of the students are on free or reduced lunch programs. Those who aren’t are charged $2.70 for each meal. She explained that sometimes, families can’t afford to keep paying.

“You’re allowed to charge so much, and then we have to start making phone calls and then the debt accumulates,” Hall said.

Compton got the idea for the coin war because he’s seen the problem up close.

“I have friends that are not expecting to be in lunch debt, and then they get their plate taken away,” he said. “That’s really hard to see.”

Hardin County Schools estimates families across the district owe around $30,000 total in unpaid school lunch debt.

“The fact is that some of the kids that come here, they receive their breakfast and lunch at school. That may be the only meals that they get during that day,” Hall said.

Compton and his classmates set a goal of $50, but Compton said he hopes to raise closer to $75.

“It’s an event so people have their competitive spirit about them, and they want to see who wins. So, it gives them an incentive,” he said.

Hall said she wasn’t surprised Compton saw his senior project as an opportunity to do some good.

“The caring nature of our students, of wanting to take care of their fellow students, has really shone through in many senior projects that have gone through my office. But this one really just is amazing,” she said.

For Compton, making sure his classmates don’t go hu

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