This week, Mendez learned that he was chosen for the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce''s employee appreciation award for 2011, an honor, he said, that made him as proud as the day he officially became a U.S. citizen, the article stated.
"I like to do things for everybody," said Mendez.
"I come here, and people treat me like someone special. I try to do the best I can; that''s why I think they gave me that award," Mendez added.
Mendez was nominated by Poplar Grove Elementary Principal Sharon Olds in a letter that detailed Mendez''s work ethic, character and completion of projects "under the radar, using his own money," the article noted.
According to the article, Mendez will be recognized at the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce''s annual dinner in early 2012.
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