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Third grader acts on desire to help school custodians

Posted Date: 04/13/2018

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Third grader acts on desire to help school custodians


As a student at Chanute Elementary, Josie McMahan became aware of all the work the custodians do to keep the school clean and looking nice. She decided to act on what she felt in her heart.

“In the cafeteria after we’re done eating I see this big mess and I feel so sorry for the janitors who have to pick it up,” McMahan said.

Last year, she approached her second grade teacher and asked if she could have a whole day to help the janitors and if they could set aside a day for Janitor Appreciation. This year, the eight-year-old approached her third grade teacher, about continuing the project.

“Just the thought of helping somebody makes my day,” she explained.

At the end of the day, she was happy.

“We had some cake with the janitors (and) helped them clean the cafeteria after breakfast and lunch,” McMahan said. Near the end of the school day, Heather Grady’s third graders divided into two groups and went down separate hallways, picking up all the trash in the school classrooms, putting it into dumpsters and replacing the cans with new liners inside.

“It was just awesome,” McMahan said after they’d unloaded all the trash sacks outside the school. “At the end of the day knowing you helped someone clean up, it’s worth it.”


Story by:  Connie Woodard