Then students gifted him with a Peter Pan book that they all signed, along with a card and a gift.
“The kids at Keplar love Mr. Jesse,” said Keplar administrative assistant Sonja Byington.
Hawkins County Schools have been honoring their custodians throughout October, which is Custodian Appreciation Month.
“Hardest working individuals in our system”
Director of Schools Matt Hixson noted that without the efforts of custodians, teachers and administrators wouldn't be able to provide a safe and rewarding education for students.
“Our custodians keep our campuses safe, they build rapport with our parents and students and work tirelessly to ensure our campuses are presentable each and every day,” Hixson said. “These folks are among the hardest working individuals in our system and largely go unnoticed. We greatly appreciate our custodians and what they do. Thanks to all of our custodians across the county.
Here are a few examples of how Hawkins County Schools honored their custodians this month. A photo gallery from each school can be seen in the online version of this article.
Bulls Gap School
Custodians were showered with many small packages throughout the day: favorite foods, thank you cards, a goody bag of sweet treats and doors full of thanks. The message to them was, “Thank you for going the extra mile for our students at BGS.”
Church Hill Intermediate
Church Hill Intermediate celebrated Custodian Appreciation Day by serving their custodians a magical potato and salad bar with lots of yummy desserts. Students and staff wrote cards of appreciation as well. The main message was, “Brenda Smith, Brenda Helton and Tammy Varney are the best.”
Carters Valley Elementary
On Oct. 17, students at Carter's Valley Elementary School showed their appreciation for their custodians, Mrs. Gail, Mr. Matthew and Mr. Dusty. Each had their door decorated with many thanks, and they each received a bottle of water and a candy bar.
Students in third grade read an appreciation speech over the intercom in the morning and challenged students to take on a task to help the custodians out. Students throughout the school made cards to thank each custodian, and students wore green to show their appreciation and to sport the Peter Pan theme. Finally, the school also treated Mrs. Gail, Mr. Matthew and Mr. Dusty to Subway for lunch.
“No amount of words or actions could show how thankful and how much we appreciate these grand custodians for the hard job they do every day,” said third-grade teacher Shleby Davis.
Hawkins Elementary sent its custodial staff out to lunch and provided them with an envelope with vouchers and coupons from local restaurants for ice cream and other treats. HES wished to thank Sonic, Burger King and Pal's for their contribution to the school's appreciation efforts.
Mount Carmel Elementary
On Oct. 17, MCES showered its custodians with “pixie dust.” Each custodian was given a goody bag with an MCES cup full of treats. Every student signed giant thank you posters to decorate the doors of the custodian closets.
Pre-K drew pictures for them, kindergarten made posters, first grade through fourth grade wrote notes of thanks. During an assembly, the third grade sang the “Workin’ All the Time” song for them.
McPheeters Bend Elementary
MBES celebrated its beloved custodians with homemade snacks and sweet gifts. Faculty and students wanted everyone to know, “They work hard to keep our school clean and safe.”
Students and faculty showed appreciation to their custodians with a Pirate-themed celebration.
“We would like to thank Christina Horne, Kenny Wolfe, and Sean Wiggs for all they do to keep our school looking great,” said fourth-grade teacher Cindy Childress.
Mr. Joe and Mr. Matthew were honored at Surgoinsville Middle School in keeping with the Peter Pan theme. They were served a “PANcake” breakfast with a side of eggs and bacon. They enjoyed cards made by students and ended the day with a yummy Amish doughnut. The message to them was, “We appreciate all these gentlemen do for us.”
RMS honored its custodians with a cake and gift bags.