A school district in Pennsylvania apologizes for threatening that parents of students may receive care for unpaid food debt, and accepts a donation to cover unpaid fees near Wilkes-Barre, "sincerely apologizes for the tone of the letter that was sent in relation to the lunch break, "it said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Board also said that it has made a $ 22,000 donation from Philadelphia CEO Todd Carmichael of La Colombe Coffee, who said on Tuesday that his gift had been initially rejected by the school board's president.
Earlier this month, the Wyoming Valley West School District sent letters to the West to the parents with the warning that unpaid debts could cause their children to be brought in fo care.
It is said that when the parents are taken to court, they risk having their child "and fostered." "Please transfer the payment as soon as possible in order not to be reported to the relevant authorities," says the letter.
Wilkes-Barre's NBC affiliate WBRE reported last week that the heavily worded letter was part of a rally in the district, costing around $ 20,000 for criminal lunch.
Aren Platt, spokesman for La Colombe Coffee and Carmichael, said he was pleased that the district had revoked his decision, accepted the donation, and wanted another letter to the parents who received the warnings.
Platt said the move to accept the gift was "a complete 180".
Carmichael said he was forced to make a donation because his family received support as a child after the death of his father, including food and food stamps.
"We are incredibly optimistic about recent developments in the last few hours and look forward to taking the next steps, I'm sure the money will be spent as intended and parents treated with dignity," Platt said. The Wyoming Valley West School District Committee announced Wednesday that the $ 22,000 donation would go to Wyoming Valley West Education Foundation to eliminate parents' debts.
"Please sincerely apologize for any damage or inconvenience caused by the letter," states the statement signed by Wyoming Valley West School Board President Joseph A. Mazur.