Speer Electric in Dewitt has paid off the lunch debt at St. Johns Public Schools, a little more than $2,000.
The co-owner of Speer Electric, Danielle Speerbrecker, says her husband, Spencer, had been wanting to give back for a while but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do.
Spencer was inspired after seeing Saddleback Barbecue pay off the school lunch debt at Mason Public Schools. The couple was then determined to do something similar in their community.
“We graduated from St. Johns High School, and our kids go to a school in St. Johns, so we thought why don’t we look there. And we did, and of course, we found out that they had a debt, so we just thought well perfect,” said Danielle Speerbrecker.
Speerbrecker said it was important to pay off the debt because they have kids and never want to see a family struggle.
“If we have the capabilities to help people out, then we want to. We don’t want anybody to have to struggle right now. So you know, we know what it’s like to have kids, and it can be hard sometimes,” said Speerbrecker.
Kelly Corbett, the director of business and finance at St. Johns public schools, said the school appreciates their generosity.
“Free and reduced meals are available for families, but some families who do not qualify still struggle to cover the cost of their children’s meals. This donation is a blessing for these families and for the district,” Corbett said.
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