Bob Cook happily stepped out on stage in a tutu and wig

Before kicking off a new school year at Sands Montessori in Cincinnati, Ohio, teachers and faculty gather for an annual cookout where they can expect Bob Cook, custodian, to grill up his famous burgers, hot dogs and side dishes.

And when school is in session, "Mr. Bob" is always around to give fist bumps to students, fill flat tires for parents, keep the school’s vegetable garden flourishing and participate in any and every school event, according to the nomination.

In fact, when Sands Montessori kicked off their "Play 50" program, Cook happily stepped out on stage in a tutu and wig, earning a thunderous roar of applause.

"Cook is known for his kind, gentle and caring spirit as he handles tough situations with ease. When funds run low, he steps in and buys the supplies needed to keep Sands Montessori a clean, tidy and safe learning environment for all."

In its fifth year, the Janitor of the Year Contest was created to draw attention to the everyday heroes that go above and beyond their job description to make schools a clean, healthy and fun learning environment.

The 2018 Janitor of the Year winner will be determined by the number of votes and will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for his or her school from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products – not to mention bragging rights. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to each of the remaining nine finalists.

Voting for the contest began March 19 and will end on April 20. The janitor with the most votes will win. Those interested in voting can do so once a day, every day, until the April 20 deadline here.