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Serving Up Employee Gratitude, One Lunch at a Time

Litzsinger School principal, Kathy Russ, serves treats to a staff member With the holidays just around the corner, the giving spirit is all around. Many organizations are going the extra step to show their gratitude and appreciation for education workers who have worked to support students and their families. Employees at Litzsinger School and the Central Bus Garage were gifted meals to say thanks for all of their hard work and dedication to the Special School District community during the first part of the school year.

Transportation employees at the Central Bus Garage were treated to lunch by Hubbard Radio, Scott Credit Union, Super Smokers BBQ, and KSHE95. Deserving Deliveries highlights St. Louis area education employees who are doing their part in our community. The meals have been provided to educational staff across St. Louis and St. Charles counties for weeks.

Mary Waters, who has been driving buses for 12 years, heard about Deserving Deliveries on the radio while driving to work. Realizing that her coworkers were dedicated individuals, Waters took matters into her own hands, passed out some flyers, and asked everyone to go online and vote. “The drivers and aides here do so much work,” said Waters. “We social distance to the point that we stay outside the building in our cars all the time, and we sanitize our busses several times a day, and also we are the ones who meet the students first thing in the morning. I just feel like everything we do with those kids first thing in the morning starts the school day in a better way.

Mary Waters hands out lunches for staff at the Central Garage “This has been an incredibly challenging year, and this team has stuck together to make sure we keep everything rolling,” said Ken Mulder, director of transportation at SSD. “They have been able to maintain on-time service, despite the ever-changing route schedules, school changes, and student changes. I can’t say thank you enough to the team or express how great it is to have these hard-working individuals recognized for what they do and what it means to the District and its families.”

Staff at Litzsinger School were served lunch by their administrative staff, after receiving a donation from The Carney’s Kids Foundation. To make it all the more festive, staff members were dressed up for a spirit day. Staff were decked out in the ugly christmas sweaters and other festive gear while being served up a hot lunch.

“We are so fortunate to be supported by The Carney’s Kid Foundation,” said Principal Kathy Russ. “Litzsinger staff were able to relax and enjoy a holiday luncheon provided by their generosity. COVID has changed our annual holiday plans, but The Carney Kids Foundation’s unwavering commitment to children and the adults that support them has put us all in the holiday spirit.”