Strangers pay lunch bill for a special needs class

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

"It totally touched my heart and all of the assistants," says Missy Case, a special education teacher at Bowen Elementary School.

Once a month, Mrs. Case takes her special needs class out of Bowen elementary school on a field trip.

"I like going on field trips," says one of the students, Sarah Rosenberry.

"We take the kids out into the community to teach them life skills, use of money, and etiquette at the table," Mrs. Case says.

Students and staff enjoyed cheeseburgers and spaghetti at Winchester's, Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant.

When Mrs. Case went to pay the bill, she quickly learned that the entire meal had already been paid for, "The waitress came and said, who do I give the bill to? Of course, each child gets a bill and I explained that to her. She said oh well, you don't have to worry about it because the couple that was sitting across from you all has paid for your entire lunch...which was 17 people and over $100."

Just twelve days later, the same class went back to Frisch's and for the second time, another complete stranger took care of the check.

"That was nice," says another student, Melanie Maze.

"We were just in awe because usually when we go into the community, we're not accepted a lot. We get stared at and different things tend to happen. So it was such a blessing," adds Case.

While Mrs. Case's class may never know who paid for the two meals, their generosity means the world to her class, "I think that it shows that taking the trips and going out into the community with the children, that we're not only educating the kids but were educating the community as well."

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