A second-grader in Charles County, Maryland, was concerned that some of her classmates couldn’t afford school lunch so she started raising money to help them on Facebook Thursday, Jan. 16. She has already overtaken her target of $800.

When EmauniJ Manley was 5, after a run-in with a few mean children, she wrote a book on having a positive self-image. Her book can be found at Amazon.

Now in the second grade, she has a new way to help her fellow students.

“I saw some kids just eating a cheese sandwich,” EmauniJ said.

She started the Facebook fundraiser with her mom, who also works at her school.

Out of 500 students, Principal Ben Harrington said about 100 are getting substitute lunches, though the system is doing its best to prevent that happening.

“Elementary school students have a $25 deficit,” Harrington said. “They can go $25 before they get the alternative meal. Once you get into that deficit, sometimes it’s difficult to come back.”

While EmauniJ has already surpassed her fundraising goal, she will continue to raise money for her classmates and lunches for their school.


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