Dad ‘ignored’ by school after he offered to pay pupils’ £1,800 dinner debt

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A father who wanted to pay off schoolkids’ lunch debts said heHis offer was rejected.

Simon Harris, a dad-of-4 and parenting blogger tried to help parents at Ysgol Dyfryn Nantlle secondary in Penygroes, received a letter informing them that children would not be fed unless their accounts were settled.

After the letter had been leaked online, Harris called the letter. “madness” and said he would pay the £1,800 that was outstanding on all the pupils’ accounts, according to North Wales Live.

However, Mr Harris, who has a blog called Man Being Dadly, said that the school declined his offer.



The school has now cancelled the ultimatum made to parents
The ultimatum to parents was now overturned by the school

In a Facebook post, Mr Harris stated: “After offering to pay the pupil lunch debt at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, I had no reply to the tweets or emails, and it was made clear to me by others linked to the school/council that any attempt to transfer the money to them would be refunded.”

The school however has made a complete turnaround and informed local parents that no meals will be withheld.

Gwynedd council was the local authority that is responsible for the school. “welfare of children and young people is always our priority”Parents with financial difficulties should reach out to us.

Instead, the dad-of-4 decided to donate the funds to a local Foodbank.

He wrote: “Therefore, I’m pleased to say that the £1,800 has now been donated to Arfon Food Bank / Banc Bwyd Arfon who are the closest Trussell Trust-linked food bank to the village

“Some of their food packages go to families within the school’s catchment area, and so it’s still going to benefit families with pupils at the school.”



Mr Harris has instead donated to a food bank
Instead, Mr Harris donated to a food bank

North Wales Live was informed by the blogger from Essex: “I’ve tried to be as good as my word in the circumstances.”

After being posted on social media last Wednesday, Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle’s letter received a lot of attention.

Marcus Rashford, premier league footballer and advocate for free school meals, replied to the letter. “more understanding”An assessment of the circumstances of schoolchildren.

It is now known that Primary school students in Wales will receive free school mealsPart of a new partnership between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour.

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