Medford 12-year-old donates funds to WEM

WEM Board Chairman Gary Michael and WEM Superintendent John Regan received a check from Medford student Ella Bettner in the amount of $1,850.22 which is donation from Bettner’s organization No Tummies Left Behind, which helps students pay off negative lunch balances. (Jay Schneider photo)

At the ripe old age of 10, Medford student Ella Bettner founded a company which supports local school district’s kids and families who may have negative lunch balances or cannot afford lunch.

Bettner, who lives in Faribault and is a 7th grade student at Medford, established No Tummies Left Behind two years ago after she learned about food insecurity in schools and decided she wanted to help. She started this non-profit organization in October of 2021 after a 1 1/2 year delay due to the pandemic.

Bettner makes handmade, stackable, and customizable bracelets with all proceeds supporting students in paying off negative school lunch balances.

With schools now receiving free breakfast and lunches, Bettner said she will be looking for another way to support schools and students with her fundraising efforts.

Check out the No Tummies Left Behind Facebook page for upcoming events where she will be featuring her bracelets.

The young entrepreneur attended the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School Board meeting Monday, August 28, 2023 and presented the school district with...

To see more on this story pick up the September 14, 2023 print edition of the LifeEnterprise paper. 

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