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Playground dedicated to honor school custodian

June 22, 2009
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BANGOR, ME — To honor the custodian who kept the school clean and healthy for 14 years, Downeast Elementary School recently dedicated their newly remodeled playground after him, according to WABI-TV.
Jeffrey Simpson, who no longer works as the head custodian due to health issues, is touched that he made such an impression on students and staff that they would name their playground after him, the story stated.
Simpson said: "It''s exciting because it''s all about the kids. That''s the way I''ve always been, it''s all about the kids. You never cleaned a building for the teachers or for your boss, you clean it for the kids. It has to be clean for the kids in the morning time. That''s the way I''ve always believed."
Money for the new playground, which replaced a weathered and aging 10-year-old structure, was raised by the Parent-Teacher Organization, the story noted.
The Jeffrey L. Simpson playground is complete with slides, swings, a rock climbing wall and a shaded picnic area, the story added.
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