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Cintas kicks-off eighth-annual nationwide Custodian of the Year contest
School custodians in North America have been the unsung heroes of the pandemic by continuing to provide a cleaner and healthier learning environment for students, faculty and staff.
To honour their hard work and dedication, Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its eighth-annual Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school custodians. Submit nominations at custodianoftheyear.com through 2nd March.
"Custodians work around the clock to ensure students, staff and visitors are entering clean and healthy learning environments, even more so during the pandemic," says Christiny Betsch, marketing manager, Cintas. "This contest highlights the valuable role custodians play every day, whether it's through cleaning and maintaining facilities or lending a hand to a child in need."
Created to recognise and reward custodians who work tirelessly year-round, the contest awards $10,000 to the winning custodian and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the winner's school. The winner's school will also receive a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, valued at $20,000 and enrollment in the GBAC Fundamentals online course that teaches cleaning professionals to prepare for, respond to and recover from biohazards in the workplace, from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. An additional nine finalists will receive $1,000 each and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute training event, valued at $1,500.
John Barrett, executive director, ISSA, says: "Custodians keep facilities running by creating a safe and healthy environment for all building occupants and visitors. Their unwavering dedication and commitment is astonishing and ISSA is honoured to help Cintas crown the best custodian for the second year in a row."
Last year, Cintas Corporation crowned Howell Beasley (pictured) of Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K in Alabama the 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year. Despite restrictions, Howell accepted his award via a Zoom video conference under the guise of a summer preparation and cleaning meeting, where he was celebrated by Cintas, the principal, superintendent and faculty and staff.
The Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is open to all elementary, middle, high school, college and university custodians who have worked at their school for at least two years. Nominations must be 500 words or less on why the nominee is deserving of the award and submitted by 2nd March. Cintas is announcing the top 10 finalists on 16th March. The public can vote for their favorite custodian through April, and the finalist with the most votes will be crowned Custodian of the Year.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products' vice president of marketing, Marta Aebischer, says:
"Each year, we look forward to partnering with Cintas to showcase the annual Custodian of the Year. As we continue to battle the impact of Covid-19, it is critical to recognise their instrumental, frontline role in keeping facilities clean over the last year, and we are committed to providing product solutions that make their jobs safer and easier."
11th February 2021