When the fire alarm sounded on Feb. 2 at Scott County High School, student Melinda Shay left $600 in Girl Scout cookie money in her bag in the band room. When she returned, it was gone.
The story of that missing money first led to a policy change at the school. Now, it’s led to a happy ending thanks to a generous benefactor.
After the theft, central office officials notified Scott County High School principal Joe Pat Covington that cookie and candy sales were not allowed at school, said Scott Superintendent Kevin Hub.
Hub said that under the national school lunch program, cookies, candy and other items from sources other than school vendors can’t be sold at school at set times. Hub said that allowing the sales was simply a mistake.
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But Hub said that the publicity about the theft in the Georgetown News-Graphic newspaper and other media outlets resulted in a benefactor replacing the stolen money on Friday.
Melinda’s mother, Diana Shay said Lexington developer and builder Steve Wright brought her daughter a check to school. She said he had initially wanted to remain anonymous but agreed to identify himself after Shay wanted to highlight Wright’s example to encourage others.
“We really wanted people to let people know who he was, very kind,” said Diana Shay.
“I just wanted to do it because it was a good thing to do,” Wright told the Herald-Leader. “I saw that somebody had stolen her money at school when they pulled the fire alarm. I just felt compelled to help her out.“
“If anything, we’d just like to highlight the kindness of others,” said Diana Shay. “Melinda just wants to pay it forward and support programs for Girl Scouts. Girl Scout cookies really help girls with their programs. ”