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School shows custodians not taken for granted

April 9, 2012

PARAGOULD, AR — Baldwin Elementary School recently held an appreciation week for several key yet often not recognized groups in their school, including the custodians, according to the Paragould Daily Press.

Students and staff celebrated "Lunch Lady and Custodian Appreciation Week" last week by presenting the school''s cafeteria and janitorial staff with gifts and pitching in to try and make their jobs easier throughout the week, the article stated.

According to the article, the idea to honor the school''s custodians came from students on the third and fourth grade student council.

"I can''t take credit for the idea. Sometimes, cafeteria and janitorial workers fly under the radar. There''s not any notice taken unless something happens and they''re not able to do their job," said Baldwin principal Donna Singleton.

"Then, all of the sudden, we''re concerned about what''s going on with the custodians or what''s going on with foodservice workers. But, those are services that keep our school going on a day-to-day basis. They''re an intricate part of our school community, and we certainly value them. Without them, we couldn''t have school," Singleton added.

Head custodian Tim Wicker said he almost felt "out of place" during the week due to the students'' efforts to keep things clean, the article noted.

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