They fix things. They clean up everyone's messes. They make buildings safe. They are a daily caretaker presence in students lives. They are school custodians.
Of the mind that their work all too often goes unrecognized, the Fair Haven Board of Education figured that the first meeting since school went back into session was prime time to recognize its custodians and maintenance staff.
"Their largest workload occurs during the course of the summer and it is amazing to see the work that they accomplish in a relatively small window of time for both schools," Superintendent Nelson Ribon said after last week's meeting.
"Through their efforts, our facilities are safe, clean and prepared for our teachers and students so that the delivery of instruction and learning can occur daily. We feel that their work is imperative to the implementation and success of our goals."
So, in addition to the public acknowledgement at the meeting that Ribon felt was important, the schools' caretakers were given gift cards, courtesy of the PTA.
Those recognized were: Arnel Booth, Angel Carabello, Manny Costa, Mike Covert, Henry Nemser, Joyce Read, Rich Webber, Mike West and (Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds) Rick Robbins.
Fair Haven schools have historically had custodians on staff who have held a special place in kids' hearts and memories. Tell us your memories of a favorite.