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Weird NewsWoman Raises Money to Pay Off High School Students' Debts so They Can Graduate

06:20  13 june  2019
06:20  13 june  2019 Source:   insideedition.com

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They have no connection to East Mecklenburg High School , the faculty or any of the students . Its just located near the shop. East Meck High School is right here in our own backyard, so I just thought, let me just call and find out if there are any graduating seniors who aren't going to be able to graduate

Barbershop owner raises funds to pay off high school seniors' debts so they can graduate . By Caitlin O'Kane. Fourteen students at East Mecklenburg High School were in debt , and per the school district's policy, they would not be able to receive their diploma until their outstanding dues.

Inspired by Billionaire Robert F. Smith’s recent announcement that he'd be wiping out student debt for Morehouse College’s 2019 graduating class, Season Bennett thought to herself — how can she pitch in?

Bennett owns Headlines Barbershop in North Carolina with her husband, Derrick. They have no connection to East Mecklenburg High School, the faculty or any of the students. Its just located near the shop.

"Obviously on a smaller scale. East Meck High School is right here in our own backyard, so I just thought, let me just call and find out if there are any graduating seniors who aren't going to be able to graduate because they owe fees," Bennett told InsideEdition.com. "And I felt like the finance secretary was literally waiting for my call. Like I could hear her in the background counting up her change," she laughed.

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Barbershop owner raises funds to pay off high school seniors' debts so they can graduate . By Caitlin O'Kane. Fourteen students at East Mecklenburg High School were in debt , and per the school district's policy, they would not be able to receive their diploma until their outstanding dues

"So many students go into so much debt just trying to get an education," says Season Bennett. “We called the school to find out if there were any graduating seniors that wouldn’t be able to graduate because they owe fees,” Bennett wrote in the description of a GoFundMe page she started to pay off

Bennett said the finance secretary told her the outstanding balance amounted to about $4,500 for 14-16 students. “I just said, 'Ok, let me call you back. Let me see what I can do,’" Bennett said.

“And I've never done GoFundMe before, this is my first time, and so I went ahead and started a GoFundMe account and I just recorded a little video."

In the video, Bennett makes a plea to the community for people to donate what they could.

She had just one week to raise the money.

Woman Raises Money to Pay Off High School Students' Debts so They Can Graduate © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Season Bennett has no connection to East Mecklenburg High School, the faculty or any of the students.

Her request did not fall on deaf ears. Shortly after Bennett started the GoFundMe page, the goal was met.

"One of the students actually sent me a text message. And she said, 'thank you so much, I no longer have to worry about graduating, you know, I really appreciate this, I'd love to come meet you guys one day.'"

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Barbershop owner in Charlotte, North Carolina raises money for a local high school after learning some students wouldn't graduate due to unpaid fees. The story of one billionaire’s promise to pay off the student debt of an entire graduating class has�inspired barbershop owner Season Bennett

Barber Raised Money To Pay Debts So 14 High School Students Could Graduate . When Season Bennett, owner of Charlotte’s Headlines Barbershop, learned 14 high school seniors may not graduate , she decided to raise money to pay off their school debts .

For her efforts, Bennett earned herself an invitation to the graduation ceremony.

"Then I got to meet some of the students in person. I got lots of hugs from them, they got lots of tears from me,” Bennett laughed. “It was great."

Remaining students will also benefit from Bennett’s donation. She said they wound up raising more than $7,000 — far surpassing their original $4,500 goal.

The excess cash will go towards covering the rest of the funding for the school's anti-suicide campaign.

Bennett is no stranger to community service. She will hold her seventh annual food drive this year, she has held toiletry drives for the local Salvation Army and she has held events to raise awareness about lupus.

Bennett calls the whole thing overwhelming, hoping that now she too can inspire someone else to pay it forward.

"I just think that it just shows that everyone is just so anxious and just thirsty for positivity and people want to be a part of it. So I think it's awesome and I hope that it inspires other people to want to do something good in their community for somebody that they don't know.”

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