Della Benefiel engaged youngsters through music, movement


Della Benefiel leads a kindergarten class in song last week on the final day of school at Weston Elementary. Benefiel is retiring with more than 44 years in education. (Noelle M. Steele / Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — All it took was one influential teacher for Della Benefiel to know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

She was in high school at the time, playing cornet in the school band.

“I had a fantastic music teacher,” she said. “It was then I decided.”

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