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Bowden was put on unpaid leave Dec. 15 after giving a 12-year-old student, who said she did not have money, a free lunch. Bowden offered to pay for the $1.70 lunch but her supervisor placed her on termination leave. Her official letter of termination came a few days later.
The change was spurred by national backlash which included an online petition which garnered thousands of signatures; a GoFundMe account that has raised nearly $20,000; and Facebook comunity page with nearly 10,000 followers.
The district said in a release Wednesday that it doesn't fire workers for single events but offered Bowden her job back in the spirit of the holidays.