Schoolkids elect 83-year-old janitor as king on his last day before retirement05/21/2019
Every member of staff at your kid’s school is important.
From their teacher to the janitor, they all play a role in helping with their education.
And one school in Georgia, U.S., recognises the importance of their support staff.
When the janitor at Sand Hill Primary School, John Lockett – also known as Mr John – finally decided to retire at 83 years old, the kids wanted to give him a great send off.
He worked at the school for more than a decade after a long career in construction. He finally decided to retire after suffering from health issues.
Described by Principal Carla Meigs as the ‘grandfather at school’, he’s more than just a janitor to the kids.
‘He’s at work every day no matter how bad he feels with a smile on his face,’ Principal Meigs told KHOU11.
To celebrate, the kids turned him into a king for the day, giving him a cape and a crown. He walked down the hallway collecting cards as they shouted his name.
They also presented him with a cake saying ‘Happy Mr John Day’ and a framed print highlighting his work.
At the bottom it says: ‘You have made a difference to the lives of so many.’
Mr John said: ‘These kids mean the world to me. I come here and try to clean their school and I try to do it right because I know germs and disease is out there.
‘The school is definitely a family to me.’
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