Admonish School for Firing Altruistic Lunch Lady

Students fill their trays as they file through the lunch line at Brooklyn Center High School in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Wednesday, April 27, 2011. More than 80 percent of students at Brooklyn Center High School qualify for free or reduced lunches, and the district makes sure that every kid receives a meal.

Target: Dakota Valley Elementary School Principal Cheryl Fullmer

Goal: Denounce the firing of a lunch lady who cared so much for the children at her school.

Della Curry was fired after giving away free lunches to hungry students who could not afford to pay for their food. Curry, the former kitchen manager at an elementary school in Colorado, says that students are allowed to go negative on their lunch accounts if they have no money to purchase food until they hit $7.60, which is only about three meals. After this, if the students still do not have money on their accounts, they get a slice of processed cheese on a hamburger bun along with milk.

Curry often works the cash register and when students hit the $7.60 limit, she is supposed to take their lunch away and replace the meal with the cheese, bun, and milk. However, Curry was fired for refusing to comply with the school’s policy because she feels “it’s not right. No child should ever have to have that nutrition–it’s not nutrition–or that humiliation.”

While the school does provide free and reduced-cost lunches, there are strict income guidelines for students to qualify. Some students do not qualify for these programs but are still in need of them. Additionally, sometimes busy families will forget to pack their child a lunch while the child will have simultaneously hit the account limit for their free lunch.

Curry was looking out for the children of the school she works at and for this she was fired. Condemn the administration of the school for this shameful act.


Dear Cheryl Fullmer,

I am writing this petition letter to you to express disappointment over the termination of kitchen manager Della Curry. Curry was terminated from her job because she refused to give the children she cared about a meal that she did not consider nutritious nor did she want to embarrass them by taking away a meal they could not afford.

In my eyes, Curry is a hero who was fired from her job because she cares too much for the children at your school. It is shameful that she has been fired over something that she should be praised for. I understand that she was terminated from her job because she broke the rules, but I think this speaks more to the school’s lunch policy than Curry’s integrity as an employee.

As a principal of an elementary school, I know that you always have the best interests of your students in mind. However, I feel that Curry was terminated for the same interests. I feel very strongly that she should not have been fired for trying to do the right thing for the kids. I would think you would expect the same thing out of every other employee at the school.


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