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Sensational Staff Feature

Ever wonder how the halls stay clean with all the students walking around? Meet custodian Randy Green who keeps the school clean, along with the other janitors. Green has worked for the school for 17 years. Besides sweeping the floors, he also maintains the auditorium lights and sounds.

Some people wonder why someone would want to clean up after teenagers, especially when they leave papers and wrappers lying around. Regardless of how unappealing the job seems, Green loves it. He enjoys being around the students. In fact, that’s his favorite part. His least favorite part of being a janitor is shoveling snow; who can blame him?

When Green was a student in this high school, he never imagined himself being a custodian. He said, “Once I left school, I did not want to come back.” Clearly his mind changed, when he realized his summer job as a painter wouldn’t cut it. Some of the benefits he receives from janitoring include security and a retirement plan.

Janitors have a stereotype of being grumpy, old men, but Green does not fit the bill. He is sure to smile back and crack a joke when making small talk with students and staff.

Just because there is someone to clean up after the students, doesn’t give them excuse to be slobs and leave garbage laying around. Green said, “Pick up after yourselves. Your mom doesn’t work here.”

 

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