A custodian in a Forsyth County elementary school is currently in the running to be voted Cintas' Custodian of the Year among nine other custodians across the country.
Richard Toomey of Kelly Mill Elementary School has been named one of the 10 finalists for his dedication to keeping the building clean and the kindness he shows to students and teachers.
Toomey’s description on Cintas’ Custodian of the Year website tells stories of him climbing on the roof to get balls for kids during recess, planting crops, carrying heavy items for teachers, and even digging in the trash to help retrieve a mouth retainer, and doing all with a smile on his face.
“We received an abundance of nominations highlighting remarkable custodians across the country,” Christiny Betsch, Marketing Manager of Cientas, said. “As always, it’s difficult to select the top 10, but this year’s finalists stood out for their commitment, kindness and determination.”
The Custodian of the Year title will be awarded to the custodian with the most votes nationwide.
According to a press release from Cinta’s Corporation, the Winner will receive $10,000 and $5,000 worth of Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services will be donated to the winner’s school. The winner’s school will also receive a facility assessment and consulting package from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association ISSA, valued at $30,000, as well as enrollment in the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Fundamentals Online Course.
The other nine finalists will receive $1,000 each and complimentary tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) virtual training event, valued at $1,500. The finalists’ schools will also receive a cleaning supply package from Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
This year, the top three finalists will also receive $1,000 each and complimentary tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) virtual training event, valued at $1,500. The finalists’ schools will also receive a cleaning supply package from Rubbermaid Commercial Products.
“We’re truly inspired by each of the finalists who do much more than clean schools,” John Barrett, Executive Director of ISSA, said. “School custodians are beacons of light in their communities and students look up to them as positive role models who lead by example.”
Voting for Custodian of the Year will be open until April 14th. Those interested can vote for their favorite custodian here.