Cincinnati Custodian Sweeps Up Janitor Of The Year Title

There’s a new royal resident in Cincinnati, and his name is Mr. Bob. With over 446,000 votes, Cintas Corporation crowned Bob Cook of Sands Montessori School the 2018 Janitor of the Year. Mr. Bob captured more than 40 percent of the vote and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. His school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

Mr. Bob, a beloved member of the community, has been with Sands Montessori for eight years and with the district for 17. During a surprise student assembly, overjoyed students were met outside with a firetruck and special banner letting them know their beloved Mr. Bob was the winner. To chants of “Mr. Bob! Mr. Bob!” from family, teachers and more than 700 students, the rain held off just long enough for Mr. Bob to accept his award. Whether he’s planting trees on school grounds over the summer, volunteering his spare time to coach the boys’ basketball team or spending his own money on supplies to keep Sands Montessori clean and tidy, Mr. Bob goes above and beyond.

“Mr. Bob is such a blessing to our school,” said Sarah Lord, Principal of Sands Montessori. “Not only does he keep our school spotless, he ensures every student feels welcome and safe. His uplifting, kind and often goofy personality makes him the perfect role model for our students.”

Nine contest runners up will also be awarded a $500 cash prize. They will also receive a $1,300 prize package from Rubbermaid consisting of cleaning tools and products.

“The Janitor of the Year contest celebrates the custodians that make a positive impact on students and staff every day,” said Jillian Bauer, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “Every finalist demonstrates the many unique ways janitors make a difference in our schools. We’re thrilled to see communities rally behind their janitors across the country.”

“Janitors are the heart and soul of every school, and it’s important to recognize the hard work that goes into maintaining healthy schools,” said Michael Halak, President, Rubbermaid Commercial Products. “We’re thrilled to recognize Bob and the finalists with this incredible achievement.”