SEATTLE, WA — The University of Washington (UW) Housing and Food Services (HFS) held its Custodian Appreciation Day last Thursday to give staff members and residents a chance to highlight custodians and their contribution to the community, according to The Daily.
The initiative was held throughout the residence halls around campus and prompted the community to thank the custodians, the article noted.
"We appreciate it very much," said Clara Varga, HFS custodial supervisor.
"We received hand-written cards from HFS administrators, which were very personal. We feel special," Varga added.
HFS custodians maintain residence halls, but their scope of work goes beyond cleaning up the dorms: "It''s also about good relationships with students. We do not just clean the residences," Varga said.
According to sophomore Heidi Back, it is easy for residents to not be considerate toward the custodians and their work.
"People have the misconception that they are not busy, that they do not have their own lives. People would walk past them without thinking about what the custodians do for them," Back said.
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