Tears were flowing at Letort Elementary School Friday as Della Kreider worked her final shift as cafeteria manager, ending a 33-year career with Penn Manor School District.
Della, who has worked at Letort since 1994, was treated like a queen for the day, complete with tiara, cape and throne. From her perch, she greeted students as they came through the lunch line with well wishes, cards and canned goods to be donated to Millersville Food Bank.
A school-wide food drive conducted in her honor yielded 14 boxes of food for The Loft. It was a fitting tribute to Della, who “felt strongly about making sure kids have enough to eat,” said Letort principal Carly McPherson.
Della started a program at the school that provided backpacks filled with foods for needy families to take home over the weekend. “She has a heart of gold,” McPherson said.
At the end of her shift, Della got a surprise ride home in a convertible escorted by a Manor Township police cruiser. Students and staff read a poem to her over the loudspeaker and sang “We Wish You a Merry Retirement” before she drove off, dabbing her eyes with a towel.
Thanks, Della, for touching the lives of so many Penn Manor students, staff and community members over the years.
Best wishes in retirement!