CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Voting for Cintas Corporation’s (NASDAQ: CTAS) 2017 Janitor of the Year award closes on Friday, April 14. The nation’s top 10 finalists include a diverse group of talented and dedicated school janitors. Vote for your favorite janitor at www.cintas.com/JOTY.
“Every finalist has a story that pulls at your heartstrings and is more than deserving of this award,” said Jillian Bauer, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “With over 350,000 votes to date, it’s clear that America loves their school janitors! It’s exciting to see students, faculty and communities celebrate their local behind-the-scenes heroes and recognize their hard work.”
The winner of the 2017 Janitor of the Year award will receive a $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products for their school.
The top 10 finalists in the 2017 Janitor of the Year Contest (in alphabetical order) include:
Wendy Boyden – Essex Elementary School (Baltimore)
Building Chief of Essex Elementary, Wendy Boyden cleans every mess made after a brutal cold and flu season unlike any other janitor, and does so without a single complaint. Ms. Wendy shows off her hard work in the shiny hallways, spotless classrooms and tidy cafeteria of Essex Elementary where she is loved by each and every Essex Elementary student and staff member.
John Dawson – Pepin Academies (Tampa, Fla.)
John Dawson is everyone’s friend at Pepin Academies, a tuition-free charter school for students with learning disabilities. John is known for his patience and rock-star advice, often taking troubled students “under his wing.” Whether a student needs a joke, high-five or some encouraging words, John is always there to help.
Michael Eldridge – Deer Crossing Elementary School (New
Michael Eldridge is described as much more than a janitor; he’s a teacher, mentor, friend and an outstanding role model for the nearly 800 students at Deer Crossing Elementary. Michael is deaf and actively demonstrates that one’s disability never stands in the way of greatness. Michael is often teaching American Sign Language and creating secret handshakes with students and staff.
George Hoffman – Seymour Middle School (Seymour, Ind.)
George Hoffman has provided students and staff with an extraordinarily clean learning environment at Seymour Middle school for nearly 50 years. Whether he’s maintaining the cleanliness of Seymour Middle School or out shopping at the local supermarket, George is always found with a contagious smile and positive attitude.
Sauveur Jean – Woodmere Elementary School (Eatontown, N.J.)
After working as a school custodian for more than 20 years, Woodmere Elementary School’s “Mr. Jean” arrives at school each day with a skip in his step and a big smile on his face. Known as a motivator, an optimist, a class act and a friend, Mr. Jean always puts the children and teachers ahead of himself. As one teacher says, “without him, this school would be simply a building...with him here, this school is a home.”
Loy Lopez – Rio Rancho Middle School (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Caring, hardworking and personable are just a few words used to describe “Mr. Loy” Lopez. The enthusiastic self-starter makes himself available after normal hours and is always finding a way to bring positive change to the school - from brainstorming ideas on how to make the school’s recycling program more efficient to moving heavy furniture.
Cecil Lovett – North Calloway Elementary School (Murray, Ky.)
Lovingly referred to as North Calloway Elementary School’s “Unofficial Grandpa,” Cecil Lovett provides students and staff with a flawless building and an endless supply of jokes and smiles. Cecil sets an example of what a true gentleman should be and builds strong relationships with students, faculty and staff. As a result, has a waiting list of students who wish to help him with his daily duties.
Fred Nieves – Saint Bridget School (Framingham, Mass.)
Fred Nieves is more than just a janitor to Saint Bridget School, he is family. Rain or shine, sleet or blizzard, “Deacon Fred” greets the children at their cars each morning – opening car doors, helping get students out of car seats, helping students put on their backpacks, making sure they have their school projects and waving goodbye to parents – all to ensure the first moments of each child’s day is special.
Ted Qualli Jr. – Newtown Elementary School (Newtown, Penn.)
Described as the glue that keeps the school together, Ted Qualli has a special place in the hearts of Newtown Elementary’s students and staff. As a veteran, he can be seen showing his old uniform to students on Veteran’s Day and teaching them about his service to our country. He is also an avid gardener and each year brings in plants lovingly grown in his home garden for every student and teaches them how to care for them.
Andy Wegner – Big Bend Elementary School (Big Bend, Wisc.)
Building Manager at Big Bend Elementary, Fire Department Assistant Chief and Emergency Medical Technician, Andy Wegner is beloved by the Mukwonago community. Andy exceeds his custodial role at Big Bend Elementary by leading Fire Prevention Week, mentoring young students, fishing cell phones from restroom toilets, changing flat tires and encouraging a safe learning environment with his “Clean Classroom of the Month” award.
To vote, visit www.cintas.com/JOTY.
For more information about the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-664-1532. A high-res Janitor of the Year logo is available via email or Dropbox at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i1iaygsa7jhla6l/AADHIsxW3YEF_6oV_tPAQBlQa?dl=0.
About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.