“Sometimes, they’ll tell me a story,” said Veryzer, who for 14 years has worked in the school cafeteria. “You can’t just say, ‘Honey, you have to go, you have to go,’ because he or she is telling you a story.”
“They’re just very sweet,” she said.
It often works both ways; Veryzer said if she’s feeling down, the kids invariably find a way to lift her spirits.
Recently, she had a very good day as she was named the Minnesota School Nutrition Association‘s Employee of the Year.
“It made (my job) feel important. It makes it feel like, ‘Oh my God, somebody recognizes what we do as a lunch lady,” she said. “It’s just my job, you know? I don’t know what to say–but thank you!”
Veryzer said she will get to attend an awards ceremony at the MNSA annual gathering in St. Cloud later this summer.