WASHINGTON — They''re being called "innovators" and the "front line of defense" in the war against germs, according to a press release.
These are the custodians from five schools across America honored with the third annual C.L.E.A.N. Awards, which recognize the contributions that custodians make to public health in their schools, communities and their profession, the release stated.
The National C.L.E.A.N. (Custodial Leaders for Environmental Awareness Nationwide) Award is a joint initiative of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the National Education Association (NEA) and NEA''s Health Information Network (HIN), the release noted.
"This award program recognizes the contributions that custodians make every day to improving public health and hygiene in our schools," said Nancy Bock, ACI vice president of consumer education.
"School custodians are responsible for more than just sweeping the floors, cleaning lunch rooms and turning off the lights at the end of the day," said Dennis Van Roekel, NEA president.
"These unsung heroes contribute to student learning by creating a safe, clean and healthy environment for students every day, an important role in helping to create great public schools for every student. NEA is proud to co-sponsor the 2011 C.L.E.A.N. Awards in partnership with the NEA Health Information Network and the American Cleaning Institute," Van Roekel added.
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