Gifts for Custodians

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  1. VANewbie

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    I'll admit I don't really talk to or show my full appreciation to the custodian staff.

    Some say they do a lot but they get paid to do it.

    I say us teachers do A LOT and get paid for it and I love when my parents show appreciation.

    Has anyone ever done anything small, cheap, but special for the custodian staff?
    Or had your whole class do something?

    I feel that we don't appreciate them as much as we should. Now granted we have one person on the staff who does nothing and gets lost when anything needs to be done but hey...lol
     
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  3. schoolteacher

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    We pool money at Christmas and the end of the year to give to our custodians. We really appreciate the work that they do, and let them know it regularly.
     
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    I'm making cookies for them on Monday. They really went above and beyond with helping me set up my new room. I also do something at Christmas too.
     
  5. VANewbie

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    My school does something small for them...so small I can't remember and maybe I am just assuming they did.
     
  6. mike10778

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    Anyone who doesnt take care (and then some) of their custodians are short-sighted.
    First, they are paid, but not well...and at least in our case, they are not paid to do all the extra things they do.

    Secondly, taking care of them is simple math....they are more than happy to return the favor later when you need something. Plus, our custodians are great, love the kids, and bust their tails making the school look great for the kids.
     
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    We pool our money at Christmas to give a gift card to Lowes or Home Depot and even to a nice restaurant.
     
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    At Christmas, each of the 10-12 teachers in the freshmen hallway throw in $10 or $20 for the custodian who does our hallway. Fred does an amazing job!!
     
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    I agree. I was told in university that the best thing to do was to make friends with the custodial staff and the secretarial staff. They have the power to really make your year great or horrible. They are privy to a lot of information.

    A few years back, the custodian in my room and I became 'friends'. I was always working late and he would come in and clean my room and we would chat. It was through him that I found out A) that I was getting a new student and B) that I had been hired on permanently. I miss Jim.

    I don't do anything specific. No more than I would do for my other coworkers, however, I make a point to say hello, ask them about their day, their kids, etc. I also make a point to say THANK YOU regularly.
     
  10. Miss W

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    All of our custodians are wonderful. Our custodians during the day are hired to clean the schools in the summer (wax the floors is the biggest job). They take such good care of our stuff and we really appreciate it. The first year we were in our building (this is year 5) we hired the company who does our night cleaning. It was a mess when we came back to school. I had things that were destroyed that they told us to leave out. I would have gladly packed it away if I knew what they were going to do with it.

    Anyway, back to our day janitors. Now they do our floors in the summer. Whenever I'm ready to leave for the summer I leave a case of Pepsi and assortment of snacks (cookies, trail mix, etc...). They enjoy this little treat, and I know how hard they work. They are also more than happy to move the large furniture where we want it in the room. Simply draw a map of the room on the board and they'll put it there for you. They are so wonderful to our kiddos too. During the year we take a day to recognize them for all the hard work they do. The classes will make notes or cards for them to make sure they know we appreciate them.

    The company that hires our evening janitors hired one of our secretaries' husband this past year. He does our floor (the 2nd floor) and is always super nice to us. I try to say hi to him everyday that I see him, and thank him for getting my trash. the school also hired him to do touch up painting this year, so we got to see him while we were here during the summer too.
     
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    Our custodial staff is AMAZING!

    At Christmas, we pool our money on our hallway for a gift card.

    During the year, I make sure my custodian knows where the "good" candy is hidden and tell her to help herself. A little chocolate goes a long way :)
     
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    I bake them treats from time to time. When I came back this summer, I gave them each a mini loaf of zucchini bread made with zucchini from my garden. Good stuff!
     
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    In my last school, I LOVED my custodian. He was so friendly and we would talk about all kinds of stuff while he cleaned the room if I was still there. And he cleaned everything - every student desk, my counters, floors, bookshelves, boards, etc. every day. If there was something on the floor, he picked it up. I left him cookies and a $25 gift card around the holidays. There was also another day time maintenance person that I loved. He was from my home town and always came and talked to me. He was one of the first people I met when I started there. I always gave him a card and cookies for the holidays too.

    At my new building the guy is grumpy and lazy. I am pretty sure that if no one is around he just dumps the trash and doesn't do anything else. I would purposely drop a staple or something on the floor and see how many days it took to sweep it. Sometimes it would be there for weeks. He never cleans desks or the boards. If a kid dropped a book or something under the desk, he would push it with a broom under a table in the back of the room. I couldn't figure out why all these books were under there and then I figured it out one day. So when our dept chair came to collect money for him, I think I gave 2-3 bucks. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I don't really think he deserved much.
     
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    I'll sometimes bring in something or another. The other week I brought in a watermelon :)
     
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    I take in coffee every Friday morning for our two guys who are there on the day shift (I'm going in for the first time this summer on Monday, and will take coffee for all 4 who are working that day). At Christmas, I take in a big tray of baking and usually do the same towards the end of the school year. If we are having a special "treat" in class-popcorn with a movie, ice cream sundaes as a reward or hot chocolate on a bitterly cold day, they always receive some. They are truly appreciative, always telling me, "you don't need to do that"; I know I don't need to, but I want to!

    deserttrumpet--a watermelon is a great idea!
     
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    I take them cookies several times a year at random intervals; we order lunch delivered on paydays and I pay for theirs once a quarter; Best Buy gift card for Christmas.
     
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    My dad was a custodian for over 30 years. He loved it when the teachers made him feel appreciated and he would always do special favors for them. His favorite thing was when the teachers brought him something homemade.
     
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    Where I teach, the custodians are the teachers. :D We just do not have it in our budget to hire a cleaning staff (yet)...

    However, my fil is a maintenance/cleaner at a public school here. I have been told my many that he is the best they have ever had. The teachers at his school regularly give him great thank you gifts and he really appreciates it! Last year a teacher gave him a great coat, another gave him a gift card, and he is always getting gift certificates to various places. He works really hard for his teachers, though. He even feeds their fish and such over the summer. :0) I wish my school could afford him! ;);)
     
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    I wish it was like this with us.
    I found out a few years ago, they have more vacation er...."sick" days than us AND they don't do anything "extra" beyond their basic duties...the basic duties have been down to only 2 things.

    We had issues with our custodians not doing the basics. All they do in our rooms is clean the sink (this is something NEW this year because it wasn't getting done prior) and vacuum. WE have to take out our trash and while they have to dust, it never happens. Our bathrooms at the end of the hall (2) once sat with poop on them for 2 weeks during the summer it was disgusting.

    HOWEVER, I would like to leave my custodian something for Christmas this year. It makes it hard when there are things that I think should be done BUT I figure if maybe we all treated them EXTRA nice they might WANT to do at least their basics everyday....? So, I"m glad this thread is up because I'm looking for ideas.
     
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    The woman who took care of my building at the college was a real gem. I'd always gone out of my way to tell her how much I appreciated her. The way things worked out, she always got to my office right about the time I was leaving, so we always exchanged pleasantries, and I would always go out of my way to include her if I brought treats and stuff. Well, one year, she got into a major car accident. The first few days were touch and go, and nobody was even sure she'd survive, let alone go back to work.

    Well, let me tell you, that those months without her were, hands down, the worst months of my employment at the college. I'd always appreciated the good work she did, and how pleasant she was, no matter what, but having to live without her just emphasized how important she really was.
     
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    Well, this may not be a good time for me to answer because I have spent the week cleaning all the things the principal had assured me had already been done - and the floors and carpets may not get done at all. I usually give her an occasional gift, and leave her some of the treats or baked goods if we have them in class. I know she loves the movies and goes every week so I sometimes buy those. When big jobs need to be done (like the floors) they often bring in extra help and on those days I bring in cold drinks or treats if I know it is happening. Unfortunately, my current custodian is a "friend" and takes advantage of that fact imo.
     

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