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District custodian wins ‘Champions of Clean’ contest

District custodian wins ‘Champions of Clean’ contest


Plainville Community Schools custodian Greg Masse is one of two winners of the national Champions of Clean Contest, sponsored by Clorox.

According to the contest website, the Champions of Clean Contest encourages facilities managers and professionals to nominate themselves or someone they know who goes above and beyond to create clean and healthy environments that building staff and patrons can trust.

Earlier this year, Masse, a custodian at Toffolon Elementary School, designed and launched the “Tidy Tigers Award” program, where two classrooms a week are selected by Masse and fellow custodian Miguel Velazquez for exceptional effort by students to keep the rooms tidy. Winners get to keep a “Tidy Tiger” welcome mat outside their classroom door as an award for their efforts.

Masse was nominated by Facilities Department Office Professional Sandy Bouchard.

“I saw a notification about the contest on the Facility Cleaning Decisions newsletter and wanted to send a submission,” Bouchard said. “It certainly wasn’t easy to choose just one custodian that goes above and beyond since we have so many that do. Greg stood out, in my mind, by creating the ‘Tidy Tigers Award.’ Getting students involved in keeping things tidy teaches responsibility and gives them something to be proud of. It also gives the custodians more time to concentrate on areas that need more of their attention.”

In March, Bouchard received notification that Masse had been selected as one of two winners of the nationwide contest. As a result, Masse will receive an all-expense paid trip to one of several destinations of his choice.

-- Press Release