Cleaning Up, With Thanks

Everyone knows who really runs a school: the secretaries and custodians.

Last week, Staples’ custodial staff was thanked for their hard — and often unappreciated — work.

There was special breakfast food, and more in the afternoon for the 2nd shift. Posters were hung, hand-written cards handed out.

Yet the day-long celebration was inspired — and organized — not by the administration or PTA. The idea came from a group of students, and Staples’ National Honor Society carried it out.

Senior Lexie Schachne called the day “extremely successful. The custodial staff felt quite special.”

Still, she said, “the truth is that every day should be Custodian Appreciation Day.”

See what your kids do when you’re not looking?

Staples’ popular head custodian Horace Lewis leads a great staff.

3 responses to “Cleaning Up, With Thanks

  1. I’m so happy they’ve been recognized with a special day. Congratulations to the students that thought it up, and to the staff for their great work. The custodial staff are some of the most helpful and friendly people around. Whether it’s a missing cell phone, remembering names, homework locked in a classroom, a misbehaving combination lock that would never have opened otherwise, wielding tools for special shelving, or lost car keys (we have first-hand experience I’m afraid with all of these) they’ve gone above and beyond to help students throughout the school, and at all hours of the day and night. Horace we’ve been lucky enough to know from Coley Middle… so I guess the kids and I have been a well-tolerated nuisance for a long time!

  2. Congratulations to Horace and his staff!! A well deerved day!!

  3. Steven Halstead

    Congratulations Horace and thank you to all of the Westport School’s custodial staff. Too often this crew is forgotten or undervalued. This group helps so many and is part of making Westport’s schools special. I observed their contribution and value this during my 13 years as a parent of a Westport student and as a Board of Education member for 12 years.