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Beer company wipes out lunch debt for students in one Michigan school district

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 15:42:31-04

LANSING, Mich. — A beer company is ensuring that a northern Michigan school district starts the new year with no student lunch debt.

A foundation affiliated with Mitten Brewing paid $2,700 to erase unpaid meals and snacks in the Suttons Bay district, near Traverse City. Superintendent Mike Carmean says,

"We're just very blessed." He tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that some students were nearing $100 in lunch debt.

Chris Andrus, an owner of Mitten Brewing, responded after one of his bartenders criticized a Pennsylvania school district for threatening parents over lunch debts. Joe Symons also is a substitute teacher in Suttons Bay.

Dan Frank, general manager of Mitten Brewing in Northport, says "one of the beauties" of being in a small community is acting on local needs.

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