In addition to cleaning up "protein spills" — code name for vomit — planting trees and opening the school every day, Larry Mathis is a role model for the students, the story stated.
Mathis said: "Yeah, I''ve dressed up as Zero the Hero before," referring to the character he and Principal Carl Brown take turns portraying for kindergartners on the 100th day of school. "I''ll run through the cafeteria with blue tights, a long red cape, a mask and a wig."
The staff at the school enjoys Mathis as well; they nominated him for the district''s employee of the year award in 2005, the story noted.
It is not the money or the recognition that inspires Mathis to work occasional 10-hour days, it is the students, the story added.
Mathis concluded: "It''s flattering when you walk through a store and all these kids say ''Mr. Larry, Mr. Larry,'' that''s my reward. Plus, my wife gets a kick out of it."