Target: Diane Brame
Goal: Thank cafeteria worker Diane Brame for jeopardizing her job in order to put a child’s needs before her own
Diane Brame, the cafeteria manager at Hudson Elementary School in Missouri, compromised her job to give free hot lunches to a student in need. The student, a fourth grader, regularly came without money for lunch. He previously was on the free lunch program, but communication issues prevented his parents from signing him up in the new school year.
The standard lunch for students on the free lunch program is a plain cheese sandwich everyday. Brame says other students are aware that a cheese sandwich means students don’t have enough money for lunch, and this often results in bullying. Once Brame realized what was happening, she began feeding the boy hot meals. She let his account get over $45, even though students on the free lunch program should not go over $10, often times letting him go through her lunch line without putting his account number in.
One of Brame’s fellow employees found out what she had been doing and alerted her supervisors. Brame’s employees gave her the choice of taking a demotion at another school or losing her job. Because her husband passed away and she lost her car and home, Brame could only work within walking distance from where she lived. She was forced to choose unemployment. After several articles were written about the incident, there was a huge response from the local community. Brame was reinstated; her employees described the incident as an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Despite the fact that Diane Brame had fallen on hard times herself, she still took it upon herself to protect children in need, even if it meant losing her job. Brame’s attitude and kindness should be the types of qualities employers look for in a cafeteria worker. Brame loves the students at her elementary school and even knows most by name. Sign the petition to thank Diane Brame for going above and beyond her duties and risking her job to help protect children in need.
Dear Ms. Brame,
Risking your job to help out a child, especially after you have already lost so much, is an unbelievable act of kindness. Losing your husband, house and car is devastating, yet when you saw a child in need you sprung into action. You made the school year a little bit better for the fourth grade student whom you provided with free hot lunches. He was able to enjoy a delicious lunch and avoid the ridicule and bullying that comes with eating a plain cheese sandwich every day.
Although your actions were against policy and your supervisors were unhappy with you breaking the rules, you accepted the firing graciously, even stating that you did not regret your decision. The public outcry to reinstate you was amazing and demonstrates just how much your actions were appreciated. Thank you so much for putting the needs of a fourth grade child above your own. There should be more people like you in the world.
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