La Crosse School District honor ‘School Lunch Hero’

The School District of La Crosse is celebrating one of its unsung heroes.

Students and staff at Northside Elementary honored Denise De Lao as their ‘School Lunch Hero’ Tuesday morning.

Denise is the Assistant Nutrition Manager at Northside Elementary and has been with the district since 1992.

Students filled the gym to surprise Denise as part of the announcement.

While her daily duties include the kids health, it’s what she does beyond that which makes her so special.

“All and all they usually just want  a word, your haircut looks nice, pretty dress, you lost that tooth, or a hug if they had a rough day, ” said De Lao. 

De Lao said it was amazing and very touching to see the entire school gathered to say ‘thank you.’