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The heart of the school

May 31, 2012
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COLUMBIA, SC — With the school year rapidly winding down, there is one member of Rocky Creek Elementary School who will be missed above all others, according to The State.

Steve Wooten, known as "Mister Steve" to the students, is a janitor and a jokester, a guardian and a fitness advocate as he cleans up after the more than 600 students at the school, the article stated.

According to the article, while Rocky Creek only opened a year and a half ago, Wooten has already become an integral part of the fabric of the school.

"He''s hilarious. We had a school wide pajama day and he wore these Elmo pants, with eyes that looked at you no matter where you were," said student Katie Castleman.

Wooten constantly reminds students about the importance of good manners and good grades, and is genuinely concerned when he sees a student struggling, the article noted.

At 52, Wooten retired from his job as a computer programmer at Carolina Eastman, but took a job at Rocky Creek as a way to stay busy, the article added.

His first job was financially rewarding, but working with the elementary students has been emotionally rewarding for the now 57-year-old, the article concluded.

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