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Students get schooled on custodial tasks

August 28, 2009
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LAWRENCE, KS — When Lawrence Public Schools cut $2.5 million from their budget this year it included 14 full- and part-time custodians, leaving a cleaning void for several schools, according to KMBC-TV.
At Sunflower Elementary School, students decided to cleanup after themselves to ensure the level of hygiene and cleanliness does not suffer as a result of the downsizing, the story stated.
Teachers say the students don''t mind the extra work, and the kids say it makes them feel important, the story noted.
According to the story, there are some who feel it is inappropriate to have students performing cleaning tasks that many custodians seek certification for so they understand best practice procedures for cleaning for health.
Second-grader Melvin Mack said: "I have to pick up all the trash at the end of the day. Then I dump out trash, then I wash my hands. I do help with cleaning windows. That''s something that''s really fun for me."
Sunflower Elementary has 500 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, all of which are helping keep the school clean, the story added.
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