DENVER - Never stop learning—it’ll keep you young.
Rallie Ginsberg is living proof that saying is true. She’s 100-years-old and still going to school.
“Everybody is so nice to me, and it gets me out of the house, and gives me something to do,” said Rallie Ginsberg, who works in the Gifted and Talented department for Denver Public Schools.
Ginsberg has worked for DPS for 48 years. She helps the department with whatever they need.
“I alphabetize, I sort, I shred—whatever they give me I do it,” Ginsberg said.
Ginsberg works for four hours every Wednesday morning. The department knows they can always count on seeing her there.
“We always know that no matter what’s going on during the week, Rallie will be there on Wednesday,” said Robin Greene, the program manager for the Gifted and Talented department. “She cares about the kids too--she knows by helping us get our work done, she’s helping the students and the teachers.”
The 100-year-old isn’t volunteering—she earns a paycheck for her time in the office.
“I started here three years ago, and when I walked in I actually thought she was a volunteer--and they’re like, ‘No, no, no, she works here,’” said Minda McGurk with the department. “She doesn’t let folks push her around and she feels very strongly that she should be here and this is what helps her wake up in the morning. She feels so fulfilled and I think that’s huge lesson for all of us is do what you love, do what you’re passionate about, and don’t let anyone tell you that you should stop.”
Ginsberg loves coming into the office so much, even though she’s well past retirement age, she doesn’t plan on leaving her job anytime soon.
“Because I don’t want to,” Ginsberg said. “I don’t have to do anything that I don’t want to--but I want to come to work.”
Her coworkers say that as summer vacation gets closer, Ginsberg gets a little nervous.
“At the end of every single school year, she’ll ask us if she has a job next year,” Greene said. “As long as she doesn’t quit on us, we will definitely have her.”
Ginsberg will turn 101, just as the next school years starts.
“As long as they’ll let me, I’ll come back,” Ginsberg said.
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