Could The Next Janitor of the Year be from Missouri?

2018-03-08T19:08:55+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Awards and Contests|0 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Cintas Corporation.

Janitors and custodians do so much more in our schools and communities than maintain the facilities; they play a critical role in improving the overall well-being of the school by creating a clean, safe and positive learning environment for students.

To honor the best-of-the-best among school janitors, Cintas Corporation has launched its fifth-annual Janitor of the Year Contest to shine a spotlight on those that often go unnoticed. The contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to the school. Nominations will be accepted online at  through March 2.

After nearly 900,000 votes were tabulated following last year’s contest, Ted Qualli of Newtown Elementary School in Pennsylvania was crowned the 2017 Janitor of the Year. Described as someone who does everything from the heart, including handing out vegetable seedlings grown in his home garden to every student each spring, Ted was honored during a surprise school-wide assembly filled with his biggest fans – his students.

Cintas’ Janitor of the Year contest is open to all elementary, middle, high school and university janitors and custodians who have worked at their school for at least two years. Nominations must be 500 words or less on why the nominee is deserving of the award and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 2. The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 19, at which time the public will be asked to vote for their favorite through April 20. The finalist receiving the most votes will be crowned Janitor of the Year.

So do you know an amazing school janitor? Then nominate them today!

For more information regarding the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at

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