Tuesday, July 19, 2011
My Custodian..... My HERO!
90% of School Staff don't know the custodian's name (I made that statistic up just now).... but seriously, does anyone have ANY idea how hard these people work??
The custodian at my school is "Irena," "Mrs. G." and "MY HERO!"
NOBODY on our staff works as hard as she does.... NOBODY. While the school sits empty over the summer, while many of us are on holidays, sipping margaritas, hanging out at the lake, getting a tan..... and NOT working....... Irena is busting her butt (literally) to get the school in tip-top shape for the fall.
She is at the school at 6:30 every morning.
She carries a sweat towel... she needs it.
She moves the furniture in EVERY room... from one side of the room to the other... cleans, strips, waxes, shampoos.... and then moves EVERY piece of furniture to the other side of the room.... cleans, strips, waxes, shampoos... and then puts everything back into place as if she was never there.... she also dusts everything and washes the handprints from the previous year off of EVERYTHING!
She does the same thing in the hallways...
She also does the same thing in the gym.
Gyms are not small..... not sure if you have noticed.
Today she did the gym floors while the Air Conditioning was off in the school. It was 31 degrees outside... and about 400 degrees inside (slight exaggeration).
WOW... I'm sweaty just thinking about that.
The bottom line: The people that get the least recognition, the least respect and the least appreciation... deserve it the most.
Tomorrow... I'm going to take Irena a slurpee... and a timbit (well, maybe I'll think of a treat that is less geared to my three-year-old) and give her a big hug and the most sincere thank you she has ever received. She deserves it. Speaking of things she deserves... how about an assistant? I'll put in a good word for her. ;)