Janitor Recognized For Keeping 50-Year-Old Building Young

The building at Tozer Elementary School in Windsor, Colo.,is more than 50 years old, but you wouldn’t know it thanks to Rudy Hernandez, the school’s veteran janitor. For his hard work, Hernandez has been named a finalist for Cintas' 2018 Janitor of the Year.

According to the nomination, "Mr. Rudy" is a role model to many students. By watching him work, they have learned the importance of trying their best, persevering even when the task at hand seems impossible and never being too busy to offer a kind gesture.

For many teachers, Hernandez is a life saver. When a struggling student needs help, Hernandez will step in, whether it means having to read a book with a student or zip up several puffy coats on the way to recess.

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 at bit.ly/2018JanitoroftheYear.
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