Missouri Fifth Grader Raises Over $7,000 To Erase School Meal Debt

11-year-old Daken Kramer, a fifth grader at Thomas Ultican Elementary School, has successfully raised $7,370 to pay off meal debt at his school and Blue Springs High School.

Daken, concerned about his peers who owed money for school meals, decided to take action. He posted a video last month challenging friends, family, and the broader community to help him clear the meal debt. His original goal was $3,500, but his message resonated deeply, and donations poured in from individuals and businesses alike.

“It was my last year,” said Daken, who will be moving on to middle school. “I just wanted to do something kind to say thank you to the school.”