Area students say ‘thanks’ to school custodians

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(KWTX) Students across Central Texas showed their appreciation for their school custodians Wednesday by making them cards and showering them with gifts to mark “National Custodial Workers Appreciation Day.”

Pedro Acosta (center) has worked at South Bosque Elementary in the Midway ISD for more than a decade. April McAdams’ third grade class made sure he was well taken care of by presenting him with gift cards to his favorite places including H-E-B and IHOP. (Courtesy photo)

The day is set aside to honor the hard and often thankless work of custodians in schools, hospitals, museums and other workplaces.

At the Waco ISD’s Brazos High School Credit Recovery Center staff members gave their custodian a card filled with notes of appreciation and a gift card to a local restaurant.

The G.L. Wiley Opportunity Center had a cake.

University High School students took to the walls to express their appreciation, displaying banners, one of which read “We would be a mess without you.”

Another said “We heart our custodians.”

University High School Principal Dr. Ricky Edison said the hard working custodians are an important part of the campus.

“We just wanted our custodians to know how much we appreciate them,” Edison said.

“They don’t just make sure that our school looks great. They get to know our kids and truly support them.”

Pedro Acosta has worked at South Bosque Elementary in the Midway ISD for more than a decade.

April McAdams’ third grade class made sure he was well taken care of by presenting him with gift cards to his favorite places including H-E-B and IHOP.

Acosta was moved by the gestures.

“I love South Bosque because the little kids love me and I like the little ones,” he said.

Killeen ISD also had a busy day of pampering their custodians across different campuses.

Tech Services gathered money to put together a spa day basket, including a certificate for a manicure and pedicure as well as a massage gift card and $100 in cash.

The department said it went above and behind to honor its custodian because the staff believes she is the best and deserves it.

Maude Moore Wood Elementary gave each custodial staff member a gift card to Sonic and brownies baked by the counselors.

Peebles Elementary School Principal Carol Correa helped her campus shower the employees with appreciation adding, “We are very lucky to have five amazing custodians whose number one goal is to make our school shine. They jump in and support students and teachers whenever needed. “

National Custodial Workers Appreciation Day happens every Oct. 2.