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C.L.E.A.N. Awards recognize custodians in clean and safe schools

April 26, 2010
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WASHINGTON — Every day, custodians from across the country are doing their part to help keep schools safe, healthy and clean and five custodians were recently honored with 2010 C.L.E.A.N.® Awards - Custodial Leaders for Environmental Advocacy Nationwide recognition, according to a press release issued by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and hosted by
The program, which is in its second year, is sponsored by SDA, the National Education Association (NEA) and NEA''s Health Information Network (HIN).
Patrick Lortie, who is this year''s top recipient, of Indiana''s Woodlan Junior-Senior High School in Woodburn, received a cash award and recognition at the NEA''s 2010 National Education Support Professionals Conference, stated the release.
Lortie, head custodian, earned the recognition for such efforts as turning an unused, clean weed sprayer into a mixing unit for disinfectant cleaner to spray high risk areas and minimize the likelihood of contamination.
"Cleaning for health, and not just for appearance, has the power to impact how students learn and staff perform," Lortie said. "Keeping students and staff safe and healthy can have a direct impact on student achievement and is a major step forward in the educational process."
According to the press release, four other custodians were recognized as runners-up for the award:
  • Rick Larkin, head custodian at Hopewell Elementary in West Chester, Ohio
  • Head Custodian Wendy Fowler from Wilkinsburg Junior-Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Frank Lotito, who is the head custodian at Nutley, New Jersey''s Yantacaw Elementary School
  • Kathleen Osborne, lead custodian at Frederick, Maryland''s Centerville Elementary School, established a "Golden Dust Pan Award," which encourages teachers and students to keep classrooms clean.
For more information about the C.L.E.A.N. Awards program, click here.
To read this entire press release, click here.
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