School district honors lunch crusader

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A Florida fifth-grader has been rewarded for his kindness in a way that he did not expect.

Avalon Elementary student Arman Shah paid off the lunch debt for students at the Orlando school to raise awareness of lunch shaming.

Lunch shaming is when children are left embarrassed and hungry if their parents don’t pay their cafeteria bill on time.

Arman learned about it from a documentary his mother, Bella Sawkar, showed him.

“From that, he said, ‘Hey, I wonder if that happens at our school,'” Sawkar said.

School officials told Arman there was no lunch shaming at Avalon but some students did have lunch debts, all together totaling $100.

Arman took about $100 from a paycheck his uncle gave him for “selling gift cards'” and paid the deficit, not expecting anything in return.

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