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People need to know about Cayden. Really proud of these kids that do very grown up things. The level of humanity he displays at the age of 8 should be commended. 

8-Year-Old Raises Thousands of Dollars to Pay Off Past Due Lunch Accounts of Classmates

Let it never be said that even young children can’t see injustice in the world, nor are they powerless to do anything about it.

When 8-year-old Cayden Taipalus saw that some of this fellow classmates at school were forced to forgo hot meals because their lunch account balances had dipped into the negative, he came home upset. His school’s policy was to allow students to go $5 into the negative before replacing their regular hot meals with cheese sandwiches and milk, according to Tom Gould, director of public relations for the Howell Public School District where Cayden attends.

“Like a lot of districts, we use accounts where parents add money to their students’ accounts,” Gould said, explaining that parents are notified when their child has a negative balance. [source]

But it’s a problem that faces many students, with some children’s parents unable to afford to ever get them out of the negative. When he got home from school that day, he told his mother that he felt like it was unfair that some kids weren’t being served hot meals and instead had to eat cheese sandwiches because their lunch accounts had no money in them.

“I just want to make kids have a better lunch,” he told

So he decided to do something about it. First, he and his mom began to collect empty bottles and cans and exchanging them as part of a recycling program. That got him about $64, and bought about 150 lunches. Pretty impressive for an 8-year-old, but Cayden was just warming up.

After he got a little local press for his act of kindness, people began contacting his family asking what they could do to help. Seeing an opportunity to make a bid difference, he started a campaign on an online fundraising site that got money to put towards his schools lunch program. The dollars began pouring in.

Hundreds of people from across the United States and abroad have donated, pitching in a staggering $10,800 to the cause so far. That’s enough money to pay for well over 4,000 school lunches. Cheese sandwiches will be a distant memory. Cayden probably just got a lot more friends around the school yard.

Clearly the project has outgrown it’s original purpose, so instead of calling it a day, Cayden and his mother have begun going to other schools to pay off their account balances too. Cayden says his goal is to raise enough money to help all students in his county.

Mother and son returned to two other schools last week to pay off lunch accounts, and will visit three more this week to spend the funds they’ve collected so far onFundRazr. They plan on adding extra funds to each overdue account, ensuring those students can get hot lunches for days to come. [source]

Cayden may be the youngest, but he makes up a growing trend of people who have tackled the problem of unpaid lunch accounts. After several stories recently revealed schools withholding food from kids who could not afford lunch and in one case even throwing out the food the children had already been served hundreds of individuals across the country have made contributions to their school districts in order to never allow a child to go hungry or be shamed because his or her parents didn’t pay their lunch bill.

This is why I am all about education. Kids need to know they can be the change.

Never settle for less than you deserve.

So on the journey to my at the moment ideal job (school board teacher), I’ve decided to take a detour. I made use of my undergrad degree - so now I’m a RECE in daycare. Which is not bad I do enjoy my job and what not. But today made me realize that no…I’m not cut out for it. My mental state cannot handle it…feels like I’m going insane and my anxiety and stress level has skyrocketed!

I work with 19 toddlers 1.5 - 2.5 years of age with an ECA. My ECA? She is amazing and we’re really compatible. The toddlers are a bunch of cuties and are very smart but can be a handful. I have a biter in my room and every day it’s another person, and today a parent complained about the biting. I feel like a broken record telling them the same thing and they can see that I’m exhausting myself trying everything I can to help this child and prevent any further incidents…but it’s not enough. Other children are in harm because of this one child…seeing how stressed the parent was made me very emotional…frustrated, angry, sad, sympathetic…all the feels! And there’s only so much I can say to the parent then I just shrug my shoulders. It’s not fair that my ECA and I are put into these situations. Gives me a headache and extra stress in my life which I sure as heck don’t need! Sigh…there’s not really a point to all this I just wanted to let out some steam…but teacher friends out there, what can I do? Any advice on what to do with repeat biters??? Bites that leave marks for months?

I think I’m pretty capable at my job and I do a good job at it. But when I think about it, this is just a detour and no way am I giving up yet. I’m going to keep trying until I get my butt into the board!

I deserve more than this, I worked my butt off for those pieces of paper!

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What You See in Today's Public School Classroom Is A Mirage

But actually how true is this! This article couldn’t be anymore truthful about a teacher’s classroom, especially in the younger grades. This will probably the story of my life…whenever I get my own classroom!