By LISA GRAYBEAL
Wednesday was Joan Brewer's last day as a lunch aide at Fountaindale Elementary School, but some students want the school board to reconsider.
"We just don't think it's right," said fifth-grader Eric Crummitt, 11, of the downsizing that cost Brewer her job.
So he and classmate Dustin Kunkle, 10, started a petition they hoped would keep Brewer at their school.
Known by most students as the dish lady, or "Grandma," Brewer, 69, has washed dishes and helped the cafeteria staff serve up lunches for the past three years.
She worked as a cafeteria substitute in the school for four years before that.
But student enrollment has decreased at Fountaindale. With fewer lunches to serve, Brewer's job was eliminated.
"I've known her since I was in kindergarten," Kunkle said. "She's always nice and always talks to kids."
"I'm tickled to death that she's such a loved person," said Don Trumble, director of food and nutrition services for Washington County schools. "We certainly wish it wasn't true that she has to leave Fountaindale."