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Happy Holiday greetings from the Supercast! On this episode we bring you sounds of the season from some very talented Jordan School District students. We also hear from students who believe that giving back is the best holiday gift of all.


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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey. As we send warm holiday, greetings your way. Some very talented students will share the gift of music with sounds of the season. We'll also hear from students who believe that giving back is the best gift of all as our high schools or middle schools celebrate successful charitable holiday giving. Let's start with some holiday music from the West Jordan high school madrigals [inaudible] we're meeting today with student body presidents. The board of education meets with student body presidents from all of our high schools. And so I thought I'd pull each of them aside and ask them a little bit about their charitable fundraiser. Tell me your name, Sydney Leaster. And you were the student body president at Mountain Ridge High School. Do you feel the weight of responsibility starting new traditions?

(02:43):
Of course. Yeah, for sure.

(02:45):
Well, it sounds like you started a great one with your charitable fundraiser. Tell us a little bit more about it.

(02:50):
So at mountain Ridge this year, we're supporting the Tyler Robinson foundation. Um, so they were started by the Robinson family and they give grants to families with children, with cancer to help for like their medical bills, their electric bills get groceries. Um, so we've been doing odd jobs is our biggest fundraiser. Every night we go out, um, we knock on doors in the community and we ask if there's any odd jobs we can do for a donation. Um, we've also been selling crushes so people can settle or can like send a can of crushed to their crush and

(03:19):
Can of crushed to their crush. Is that effective in bringing people closer together?

(03:24):
Yeah, for sure. There's a lot of love going around.

(03:27):
All right. And why is it important to involve students in this type of service do you think?

(03:33):
I think, um, when you involve the students, they're more excited because they can see the impact, especially when it's a local charity and they're more willing to donate and bringing the community to donate

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Anything you've observed happened with students that was particularly moving for you this year.

(03:49):
Um, yeah, so at our opening assembly, we had one of the kids from the Tyler Robinson foundation. His name is Tate. He came, um, and it was just really cool to see our students like rally around him and really show him a lot of respect and just get excited to donate.

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Fantastic. Hi, tell us your name, Isaac Nazi, VI and Isaac. Tell us a little bit about what you've been doing as student body president at Bingham in terms of overseeing the charitable fundraiser effort. Yeah. So for our charities, we've been doing a lot of newer activities this year. Um, we started doing crush like you, like mountain Ridge has done, and other schools in the district have done. It's actually been really successful. We do Christmas grams during one. Should we sell a lot of apparel? Um, tonight actually we have a male beauty pageant that we're doing that I'm actually participating in. And that should be a lot of fun that should raise a lot of money. Is this your first beauty pageant? This is my first beauty pageant. Yes. Best of luck, Isaac. Thank you. What other activities you guys up to? Um, we had a talent show.

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Um, we had a lot of awesome, talented kids show up to that. Um, we have a Zoombathon later this week, our dance go and ballroom team have put together and that that's a lot of fun. And our improv team always does a really successful December improv show called the pay-to-play where the more you pay the longer the show goes. And that's a lot of fun as well. It sounds like you guys have been really creative and trying to involve students. What is the impact that you hope to have on the students at Bingham? Um, as far as like student environment, I just hope that we have this season of giving and then keep the mentality going for the rest of the year. Um, I think it's been successful so far and I think that the students at Bingham have, um, a really, really giving mentality and mindset and always stick with each other.

(05:32):
And if we could just keep that going, that would be awesome. So there's a lot of benefit beyond raising money for charity, which is very important in and of itself. Yeah, most definitely. I would say just the change in the students themselves as easily, as important as the amount of money that we raise. So what charity did you choose to, uh, benefit this year? So we actually have three, we have the Make-A-Wish foundation. We have a wish kid. Her name is Julia she's wishing to go to Disney. Um, and then we're helping the Jordan education foundation and the principal's pantry in order to provide food for students who might not have the same opportunities and, uh, food on the weekends and, um, during lunch and at school. And then we also are helping the Starlight foundation, which helps foster kids did looking for the right charity, help students realize just how much need there is out there.

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Do you think? I think so. I think that looking for the charity and informing people about the charities that we serve definitely changes, um, the environment during charity season. And I also think it changes the environment, um, that the students have for the rest of their lives and the awareness that are brought up about these issues. Okay. Thanks, Isaac. Tell me your name, Cooper, Lando. And you're the student body president of the copper Hills high school. Yup. So what are you guys up to in terms of, uh, your fundraiser for this month? Um, so we started our fundraiser about a week ago and it's been going really well. We've mainly been getting donations from our local community and the students. And, um, we were really surprised when two days into it, we restart $10,000 Mark, which is sooner than any previous year before. So we're really excited about that.

(07:12):
The, uh, there are a few things that you're doing differently this year. Tell us about that. Um, so in the past we've done this thing, odd jobs where we go around to different communities and collect donations and we've done it like a few times in the entire time, but this time we're trying to do it every single day and involve our students more to, um, have them have more of a part in getting and raising money, even if it's not through them donating, but through them coming with us to odd jobs. And it's just been really cool so far for us. So that sounds like more of an emphasis on taking the time to give service rather than necessarily how much money you raised. Yeah, exactly. That's what, we're a lot of times more focusing on like a lot of people for odd jobs have, um, like said, can you come back?

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And then we schedule like an hour, like two hour long, a period of time with them where we will just like do household chores for them, or like rake leaves. And they really appreciate it. Even if they can't donate a lot of money, it's still just a really good feeling afterwards. Does that connect students and bring them together in a different way when you're working together like that? I really think it does because especially when you're doing it and you know that none of the proceeds are going to you, but they're all going to a really good cause, which is in our community and knowing that it could be going to anyone around you and you just never know, it's just a really cool thing for us. And I think that's how, um, our student body is so United during this time. Tell us about what charities you chose to, uh, benefit this year. So, um, unlike other schools, we don't donate to just a specific charity or multiple charities, but instead we, um, focus all of our time and attention towards people in our communities and the sub for Santa kind of way, where we help them provide for their Christmas

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And it's, they can't refer themselves. They have to get referred by someone else. It's really cool because we get to do all the shopping for the kids. We get to deliver them their Christmas. And it's just a really cool thing for us. Sounds fantastic. Thanks for all you're doing. Tell me your name.

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My name is Emily Labonte

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And you're the student body president at West Jordan high school. Yes, I am. Tell us about the fundraising you've been doing this month.

(09:22):
So our fundraiser for the month of December, it's called mad Jags and that's an acronym and it stands for making a difference. The charity that we chose this year is the haze tuff foundation. They raised money for, um, childhood cancer and some of the unseen costs that come along with that. So we just finished our first week. We had a couple of really successful events. Um, we had a movie night in our commons. We've been doing odd jobs every day. We had a super smash bros tournament that was really fun. And we did a character day for the community, um, that we invited lots of little kids to, to come and meet their favorite characters in color and do things like that. So, yeah, it was a really, really good first week.

(10:00):
Sounds like a lot of creative activity. What is the impact that you hope this will have on students at West Jordan? I,

(10:08):
I just really hope through the whole month that people will be able to step outside themselves and really, um, yeah, just really feel good about the fact that they're making a change in other people's lives. Um, but I also really hope that it will help bring the student body together. I think when you're having a lot of different events that have really wide variety of people can be interested in then, uh, that just really increases school spirit a lot. So I'm hoping for that too.

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Sounds great. Lots of good things going on. Thanks very much. We're going to take a quick break. And when we come back more music this time from the Keller sisters who were featured on an earlier episode of the super cast, stay with us. [inaudible] Hey, you okay? Uh, yeah. I just have a lot of stuff going on in my head. You need to talk, dude, stop hiding behind the happy face. Talk with no filter, get the safe UT app, download it now available on the Apple app store, Google play or safe ut.org. My name is shy and I'm 17 years old. The Keller sisters. We actually get to skip out of school. So that's your gift to us. We're going to start out with a song by Justin [inaudible]. Alright, so this song's actually a Christmas [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible]

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Thank you for tuning in and from all of us at the super cast, happy holidays. And remember education is the most important thing you'll do today. We'll see,

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She looks out for students who may not know where their next meal is coming from, who may need a warm winter coat, shoes, boots or students who simply need some support outside the classroom. In this episode of the Supercast we head to Copper Hills High School to meet someone affectionately known as “Mama Grizzly.” Milonie Taylor is the school’s homeless liaison and is constantly looking out for the basic needs of students facing unique challenges in life.


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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host Superintendent, Anthony Godfrey. She is affectionately known as mama grizzly and has a passion for looking out for students facing unique challenges in life challenges like worrying about where their next meal might come from today. We head out to Copper Hills High School to visit Melanie Taylor. The school's homeless liaison. Melanie gives us a look inside the principal's pantry, where students are finding the support. They need to stay in school and find success. But first we talked to two students who say they are not only surviving, but thriving because of the support from mama grizzly and copper Hills. So I'm here with two students at Copper Hills High School talking about the principal pantry. I'm surrounded by shelves of clothing and backpacks and school supplies and food and other household items are lining the shelves in this little room. It's kind of odd shaped, um, a room. I didn't really even know existed. Although I've walked by this door many times. Tell us a little bit about what, um, how the store has benefited you, how the principal's pantry or store has benefited you.

(01:37):
Um, the principal's pantry is super amazing. Um, when I first came in here, I was completely overwhelmed cause I didn't know what to do. And then I got food and um, I got like a winter coat and some winter clothes, which was super awesome. And she gave me a blanket, um, which is not really something that you think you need, but now it's like amazing. She there's lots of things in here that you don't really realize that you need, um, until you come in here and you think, Oh yeah, like I need like some toiletries that I didn't even think that I needed or like even hats and gloves. Um, yeah, it's super awesome. Just to be able to have all of this available to you.

(02:11):
So you're almost in a frame of mind of trying, just to think about how little you can get by with, and you come in here and you realize some other things that could help. Yeah, absolutely. How about you? What your, what is your experience been?

(02:25):
Um, at first, when she pulled me aside and told me that I could be getting these benefits, I was really hesitant to accept them. Cause I felt, even though like my situation wasn't good, there was always somebody out there who had it like worse who could benefit more, but after her coming and like telling us that it really is for us. And we are really the people who are meant to be receiving these items, it made me feel more comfortable, accepting, help. It helped, it helps a lot with like food clothing that I don't have and just getting food for the house.

(03:04):
It's really great that you're able to come down here and get that help. Who are you referencing? That's been helping you here.

(03:11):
Melanie Taylor. She's been, she's the one who, um, comes down and helps all the time, but really just the community as a whole. Um, especially during Christmas time we get a bunch of donations and they really like, they help out the whole community just by saying like, Oh you, you're one of those who needs help. So we're going to help you, which is super awesome.

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Is it hard when you know that you're in need and, and, and you know, that you need help? Is it hard to ask or to feel comfortable getting that help?

(03:39):
It can be, it can be a little bit, cause you have, you have a lot of pride in yourself. Like I can, I can make it on my own. I can, I do it. Um, but then there just comes a point where you realize that you need help. Um, and the community here is super awesome. So I didn't even, I wasn't scared. Like I knew everything would be confidential. And um, even my friends here that know what I'm going through, they're super helpful to me. I even have teachers that will, um, give me food. Sometimes they're always checking up on me. I've had teachers that will like, um, contact me and be like, Hey, you weren't at school. Are you doing okay? Um, so yeah, it's really, it's been amazing. Um, at first she feel kind of alone. Like I'm, I'm going through this all alone. I don't, I don't have anyone with me, but then you realize that you're surrounded by people who are always there.

(04:23):
It makes all the difference to be part of a community like this, where other students and teachers and Melanie in particular are looking out for you. No, of course. Tell me a, not only has Melanie helped with providing you what you need, but she's also made you feel comfortable take advantage of what's available.

(04:44):
Um, yeah, she is seriously like the second mom to all of us, the amount of effort and care that she puts forward. And like how far she reaches her heart goes beyond a lot of things.

(04:57):
Where would you be without the help?

(05:00):
Um, honestly I probably, I wouldn't come to school nearly as much. Um, school gives me a gas card. I live 30 minutes away. And so the gas card helps me so much to be able to come to school. Um, it really, without this, I probably would just, I wouldn't really have a good community around me. I'd probably just try to stay away and like try to figure things out on my own and I wouldn't be able to be as successful as I am now.

(05:26):
Thank you. How, how, how do you, where do you feel you'd be without it,

(05:30):
Without the help? I feel like I would be going down a road that is not very ideal for most teenagers. Um, so to have like the grizzly mom would kind of take us out and take us under her wing in a way it really helps a lot to know that somebody is looking out for you. And I could see myself very easily going in an opposite direction without it.

(06:00):
And these are such important years having the help right now in high school so that you can get a great foundation for other choices in your life going forward. I think the positive impact of this whole community is going to be long lasting and not just this community, but your efforts making the most of the opportunities given to you, which you're obviously doing. And I really applaud you for being willing to accept the help and making the most of the opportunities that you're given. Thank you. Uh, you both get to participate in Christmas for kids. Are you looking forward to that? And what are your plans?

(06:37):
I'm super stoked when she told me about it, I was like, I don't, I don't know what to say. I'm so excited. Like I don't even know what, what to do. I'm so I'm so happy. Um, I'm going to go and I'm probably gonna go Christmas, not only for me, but for my siblings as well. It'll be a lot of fun. How about you? Uh, probably very similar to what she is doing, like trying to use the extra resources to help my siblings.

(07:05):
And that's what I heard you say earlier is that you're not just taking care of yourself, but you're helping take care of your family as well, which makes it possible for you to be able to focus on your studies

(07:14):
Does a really good job at making people feel comfortable with getting yourself what you need.

(07:20):
Sounds like a lot of people could use a Melanie in their lives. You're fortunate to know her.

(07:25):
Absolutely over care. We call her our, um, grizzly mama, cause she really is. She calls us down every week. She like makes sure we're all taken care of. And she really just connects with us all the time. And it's super amazing.

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Nobody takes better care of people than the grizzly mama. I can tell you that. So, okay. Thanks. Both of you for talking with me, stay with us. When we come back, we hear from Melanie Taylor, better known as mama grizzly at copper Hills. Hi. Hello. My name is Steven Hall. I'm director of the Jordan education foundation. Have you ever experienced what it's like to surprise a teacher in the classroom with school supplies, books or a classroom grant? Have you seen students all smiles because you cared enough to give them a backpack, a winter coat weekend, food backs or a free holiday shopping spree. It's something we see all the time because it is exactly what Jordan education foundation does. The foundation exists due to the generosity of people who care about kids, if you would like to be a part of supporting students and teachers in the classroom, contact Jordan education foundation and start making a difference today, you can find us at Jordan education, foundation.org. Welcome back. Now it's time to talk to mama grizzly herself, Melanie Taylor. So what does it mean to you to get to work with these students?

(09:06):
I love that I can help. I just, you know, I have two boys of my own and I can't imagine if they were in this situation and didn't have help. And this school is so amazing. Our community's amazing. Um, our administration, our counselors, the teachers, it's just a huge grizzly family and we take care of our Cubs and you know, whatever we have to do to do that. That's what we're going to do with, within our limits. And the programs that we have available are fantastic. Um, you know, the gas card, so they have transportation, the food, the clothing, um, we have shoes, we have backpacks, we have school supplies. There's, you know, what we have is pretty much limited unlimited, um, and they can get whatever they need without question. And I want them to feel comfortable. I don't want anyone ever to fill feel bad or feel like they're taking from someone else or, you know, they're not deserving because we're all deserving at some time or another in our life. I mean, I've had times in my life where I've had to live on top ramen. So, you know, I know young starving college students, so I know, I know. And I just, even if they have to eat ramen, it's still, they're getting something. And so I love that

(10:20):
This is a true investment in the future.

(10:23):
Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. These kids can. And even if it's just pay it forward, you know, we've helped you take this and then go pay it for it. And I have, I have had students that I've helped in the past years that have brought stuff in, they brought their dresses, they brought their clothing. They've brought, um, their slightly used clothes and shoes and coats to help another student that might be in need. Um, our custodians got all of these school supplies, so no one has to be without school supplies.

(10:51):
There's a multiplier effect. Once, once you start helping, then everyone pitches in and it strengthens the community and the, the, the momentum is, is really something that just doesn't stop.

(11:04):
No, it doesn't stop. This is why we have piles of clothing here that I need to get put away because the community knows. Now the teachers all know the community knows. Um, I have my neighbors across the street will bring me clothing. I had a lady come in yesterday that brought me three beautiful prom dresses that she wanted to donate. They're sitting in my closet. Someone can use these. And it really is. We have a huge community here, um, of caring people and everybody's involved. And like I said, these are my Cubs and I gotta take care of them. And, and I have great backup. It's not just me. I mean, it takes a village and we have an amazing village at copper Hills,

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Taking care of other people is a really important part of education and the copper Hills community.

(11:48):
Very, very, very important. I mean, I think that's, you know, it's a joy for me to be able to come to work every day because I know there's somebody that I get to help and there's somebody's life that I get to impact. And there's someone that I can, even if it's a notebook or pencils, I mean, I've had kids in here that are crying because we have a bottle of shampoo for them. They can't wash their hair, you know, a comb or a brush. It's amazing. The impact, just something that we take for granted every day that we don't think anything of that if you don't have it and you don't realize it, it's amazing how much it helps

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Understanding the need, the way you do helps you do such a great job of making kids feel comfortable, accepting the help.

(12:27):
Yes. And I think it stems back. Um, my best friend, our senior year got kicked out of her house and was living in her car for a while. And this was quite a few years ago. And I just remember what she went through and the things that we, I worked at Godfather's pizza and she worked at Smith's food King, and I would get toilet paper from godfather. So she would have toilet paper. And I don't think people realize that you just, you know, and so I was directly impacted at that age where these kids are, and I know the struggles that she went through, um, and the help that she needed. And there wasn't any programs like this. So the fact that we can help them and, and we can help them stay positive, we can help them stay on track, help them stay in school. That's my most important thing because your school will start to suffer because that's the first thing that starts to go. You got to work extra hours, you go buy extra things. You have to work till midnight. You can't get up and be to school at seven.

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Right? Well, the world needs a lot more. Melanie's so sweet.

(13:29):
Thank you. When do we need a lot more villages like gossip?

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Describe the inventory here for us.

(13:35):
We have an amazing inventory. We have two separate rooms. We have clothing and school supplies, coats, shoes, backpacks, um, sleeping bags, which we unfortunately have had to have kids use, um, little two man tents and, um, gloves, hats in this basic area here, everything stacked and labeled by size so they can get to it. All of these supplies you see right here is everything that's been donated within the last month or so. So we are now getting a stack washer and dryer in here. So the cause the electricians have been in here working. So it's been hard for me to get in here and get it put away. So it's a good mess because it means that we have lots of staff. So in this room, in here in this area, we have, um, lotion, shampoo, deodorants. So, um, toothpaste, toothbrushes, we have feminine products. Um, our canned food area. We don't have perishable items obviously for, for obvious reasons. Um, cereals, you know, mouthwash, dental floss, um, canned food items. We also have cleaning supplies. Also have just clothing. I've had a young lady that came in that just started to go to church and she needed some church clothes. So she came in and got some church clothes. Um,

(14:53):
It's labeled my, um, cute mom is retired. So she helps me come organize. She needs something to do. She went to Kohl's and got hangers donated so that all, everything's all the hanger, everything's on a hanger, everything size. So I want the kids to feel like they're truly shopping.

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It's pretty clear in talking with Melanie Taylor that supporting students in their everyday needs and getting them to graduation is her passion. If you're not convinced, all you have to do is see her in action with students.

(15:28):
And I've told you this, my most important thing is to make sure we get you graduated and that you're happy and that you're contributing members of society and that we can help you get through. And we've had a hundred percent graduation rate with our McKinney Vento students for the last four years and you to get to contribute to that this year. And so I'm really proud of both of you go along with the, like where we would be without it. I definitely don't think I would be graduating or on the path that I am now to like making plans for my future. As I've mentioned with you before.

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Yeah.

(16:06):
Girlfriend. Yeah. There's I can't have you ruin my numbers. So

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Thanks for your time. And thanks for everything you're doing. We deeply appreciate the work. Melanie Taylor and others like her do putting their hearts and souls into helping students facing unique challenges in life. Thank you for tuning into the super cast. We invite you to subscribe using Apple, Google, or your favorite podcasting app. There's a new episode of the super cast available every Thursday. Remember education is the most important thing you will do today. We'll see out there [inaudible].

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They are some of the most beloved employees in any school, typically waking up before dawn to serve up smiles along with fabulous food for breakfast and lunch. We’re talking about our amazing school lunch ladies and cafeteria workers.

On this episode of the Supercast, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey heads to Fox Hollow Elementary School where he experiences first-hand what it’s like to be a lunch lady and which meal students love most for lunch.


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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey. Today, we head to one of the happiest places anywhere. The school cafeteria, I decided it was time to try my hand in the kitchen to find out how cafeteria workers managed to serve up massive amounts of food. Along with smiles in school cafeterias every single day. Find out if I made the grade with lunch manager, Kathy George at Fox hollow elementary school, I'm here with Cathy, the lunch manager at Fox hollow elementary. Thanks for letting me come today, Cathy. I'm going to get my apron on. So I'm legit. I thought about just turning my sport coat around the other way as an apron, but that might backfire. So the kids are looking at me with a little bit of suspicion. Like who's this new lunch worker, but, uh, I'll do my best. I'm fortunate enough to be here on pretzel and pizza day, which, uh, would be a magical day for me if I were in elementary school. So let's see. Uh, let's see what Kathy has me do.

(01:26):
Oh, first you got to wash your hands. That's the rules.

(01:35):
All right. I'm all scrubbed in. Oh my hat. Oh, perfect. I'll put this hat on. As far as it'll go on my enormous,

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Gotta wear gloves, serve pizzas or pretzel.

(01:48):
Well, I'd like to serve pretzel because I get to ask them if they want cheese,

(01:52):
You guys get to be relieved. Who's gonna serve pretzels.

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What's the size of your staff. Who else do you have involved?

(01:59):
Um, I have eight of us. There's eight ladies. How long have you been in launch manager? I've I've only been a manager. This is my third year, but I've worked for the school district. This is my 21st year.

(02:10):
All right. I'm trying to keep track of things here. I tried the cheese with the right hand. I forgot to ask her if she wanted cheese. I think she wants cheese. Would you like cheese? No cheese. Alright. I like your shirt. By the way. Stranger things keep feeling the sense of accomplishment when you get through one group of kids and then there's always another group of kids

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Always is always, sometimes it's out the door.

(02:34):
I'm doing the cheese left-handed now I'm going to read. Okay. No, that's okay. It's an extra challenge. Would you like some cheese? Alright. I am spilling this cheese all over the place. I'm really trying, but I'm kind of feeling the pressure. Do you have any tips for how I can do a better job? I'm not

(02:55):
Usually pull theirs. I usually have him put a pull tray in a little closer and then you can put it on

(03:02):
Tricks of the trade. I'm already getting better now. Thank you.

(03:07):
Hold on. You're tryin sweetheart. There you go.

(03:10):
Oh, just empty the tray. I did my first tray of pretzels. That feels like an accomplishment. I don't always feel the sense of accomplishment in the day, but I cleared a tray of pretzels. The kids waiting in line are not impressed. They're just wanting their pretzel as fast as possible. Would you like some cheese? Yes, please. All right, here comes the cheese. She's smiling. She's given me a chance.

(03:32):
Remind him that there's beans over here too.

(03:36):
Oh, we got chili over here. We got red hot chili over here.

(03:39):
So your beans baked beans.

(03:42):
Here we go. It's Brown. Alright. You know what? I forgot the tip. You just gave me the move. That tray in go. Would you like some cheese? All right, there you go. These are very polite cheese eaters. Would you like some cheese?

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Let's put that on so it doesn't fall off. But

(04:00):
See, I didn't even, I didn't even put that pretzel on the trailer. I'm sorry. Thank you. Thanks for your patience. He was very nice, even though I kind of untied his pretzel and it ended up halfway off. Wow.

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It's fast paced action. Would you like some cheese, cheese on the bottom of my, on the, of there? I'm afraid a lot of kids got cheese on the bottom of their tray because of my splash zone here. But uh, I'm uh, let's see if I can remedy that a little bit. All right. Fresh start. New tray, new line of kids. Yep. Thanks for the thanks for the help. Alright. Would you like cheese? Pull your tray forward, please. Let's pull it right to the edge. There. There you go. I have reduced the splash zone significantly. The cheese is flowing like butter. I'm telling you, it feels like this should be an easy serve day, but it's not for me. This is a lot to think about all at the same time. I am. I am proud that I am no longer stringing cheese all the way across the counter. Do you see it?

(05:02):
Your have improved tremendously. Alright, awesome. And you got rid of all our beans. We never get rid of all our beans.

(05:09):
Good. I've been pushing the beans.

(05:12):
Okay. So we're 365 pizza today.

(05:15):
Three 65 pizza. So I'm kind of the underdog serving pretzels. Pretzels, probably fare better against pizza than some other. Uh, what's the most popular dish besides pizza? Um, orange chicken. Oh, the orange chicken. Sounds really good. Yeah. How frequently do you do orange chicken? About once a month. Okay. Well, that's a, it's a rare treat.

(05:38):
So you do about 500.

(05:41):
Wow. A hundred orange chicken. And what else? What are you putting in competition with orange chicken then

(05:46):
Sometimes sloppy Joes, but that's not a big hit.

(05:49):
I like sloppy. Joe's eighties always serve. We talk about this the more, I think I need to stop by for lunch. Oh, I've got kids waiting. Anytime. Grab some beans. Those are limited edition beans. Don't pass them up, feeling the sense of accomplishment when you get through one group of kids. And then there's always another group of kids waiting.

(06:12):
He says always, sometimes it's out the door.

(06:15):
Okay. So honestly that felt really fast. Moving to me. Some school districts prepare food at a common site and then deliver that. But that's not true for Jordan district. We make everything right here. And a lot of it's from scratch.

(06:29):
We make homemade muffins, chocolate muffins, banana muffins. We make homemade cinnamon rolls. We make scrambled eggs, homemade scrambled eggs.

(06:39):
Wow. That sounds fantastic.

(06:42):
We have a toaster. We make toast.

(06:44):
And what about for lunch? What are the, what are the lunch options that you make from scratch?

(06:48):
Which options we make? Lasagna homemade, lasagna, homemade spaghetti, um, homemade, sloppy. Joe's homemade tacos. We make our own bread cakes, cookies.

(07:01):
It's a huge operation. What is the most difficult part of your job

(07:06):
That guessing, projecting how much I'm going to? Cause we have to do our orders like a week in advance from when we serve, when we serve it. So I have to just guess how much pizza we're going to do, how much pretzel we're going to do. And sometimes I didn't guess, right?

(07:24):
We have the, the class sends down the count at the beginning of the day, but that doesn't help when you have to order a week in advance.

(07:31):
So I have to just guess, like for instance, the other day we did chicken teriyaki and I only projected 250 and where it was actually 300. Oh wow. Find a third choice.

(07:48):
After the fast paced food service, it was time to clean up. I was assigned dishwashing duty. It's kind of like a carwash. Whoa, I'm going to drag me in

(08:05):
So it doesn't put up like that and the dishwasher and the sink and just spray her off.

(08:10):
All right. Oh, here we go. Blend between a carwash and feeding your luggage into the X Ray machine at the airport

(08:21):
Of these at my house. Make dish doing dishes a lot easier. I'm going to hire him. I think I'm going home today. I think I can go home. I think they're in good hands here. How many kids do you serve a day? Probably about 3000 kids lunches a week, three, 400 for breakfast. It's hard for me to go home now and just make dinner for three of us because I'm thinking we need 40 pounds of hamburger.

(08:49):
While I finished making a bit of a mess in the kitchen at Fox hollow, we're going to take a quick break. When we come back, we'll have some fun talking with students about school lunch.

(09:01):
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(09:53):
And what grade are you in? And do you like school? Lunch? What do you like about school?

(09:59):
Uh, I like how it tastes.

(10:01):
Hey guys. How's it going? You guys all have school lunch here. I see. What's your favorite? Orange chicken, orange, chicken. I heard the orange chicken is good. What else do you guys like

(10:16):
The hamburger or? No, the curly fries.

(10:19):
The curly fries. Do they come with the hamburger? Yes. How are you? What's your name? Mikayla. And I'm good. Mikayla. What grade are you in? Sixth grade. What, what do you like about the lunch in the cafeteria?

(10:33):
It has carrots. Yeah.

(10:37):
Okay. Very good. That's good for you. What's your favorite dish?

(10:41):
Um, barbecue pulled pork sandwich.

(10:43):
Oh, okay. I didn't know. They did that barbecue. That sounds good. All right. What's your name? Sabrina. What grade are you in? Sabrina. And do you like the school lunch? Uh, yeah. What's your favorite day? Traveling tacos. What's the traveling tacos.

(10:59):
So it usually has like Doritos on that. It has like beans and like chili and cheese.

(11:05):
I've seen people walking around with those. I did not know what they were called. Those sound fantastic. I've seen them made with Fritos too. Yeah, they used to do Fritos. Now they do Doritos. That's awesome. Uh, what's your favorite dish? The traveling taco. What else do you like?

(11:21):
I like the case. It is,

(11:23):
He said he is, are good too. Okay. Thanks for talking. Tell me your name. Kira. What grade are you in? I'm in six. And do you like lunch?

(11:34):
I feel like the school should give more choices, but um,

(11:40):
Like the choices that are here sometimes, sometimes what's your favorite? Orange, chicken, orange, chicken. I'm hearing a lot of orange chicken.

(11:50):
It's because of like the sauce. It makes it, and they kind of gives like a Tang on your tongue. It's really cool.

(11:57):
That does sound beautiful. Hi, Sean, what do you like about school lunch?

(12:01):
I like a lot of the food, especially the mashed potatoes and the chicken dinner,

(12:06):
The mashed potatoes and chicken dinner. That sounds fantastic. How often do they happen?

(12:10):
Um, it happened a lot on Fridays, but next eight days we're actually going to do the big Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, we're the only choice that they have is the chicken dinner.

(12:23):
Oh. So when they do the chicken dinner, that's big enough that that's all they do.

(12:26):
Yeah. It's like Thanksgiving it's like of like Thanksgiving dinner. Huh?

(12:30):
That sounds like something to look forward to. Yeah, it's a, what is it? It's it's chicken mashed potatoes.

(12:35):
Oh, so did I, so it's chicken mashed potatoes. You don't have like a roll and usually have a slice of pumpkin pie

(12:42):
Usually. Wow. Pumpkin pie at the end. I never had pumpkin pie with my school lunch. That's that's awesome. Well, great. Thanks for talking with me, Sean. Thank you for tuning into the super cast. We invite you to subscribe using Apple, Google, or your favorite podcasting app. There's a new episode of the super cast available every Thursday. I'm Anthony Godfrey. We appreciate your tuning in and remember education is the most important thing you will do today. We'll see you out there.

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What is it like to keep schools with more than 56,000 students operating smoothly every single day? In this episode of the Supercast, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey finds out what it is like to be a school custodian by taking on some of the enormous cleaning and operating tasks himself. We also talk to student sweepers about their duties as part of the custodial team and learn how students can apply for the part-time jobs.


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(00:17):
Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host superintendent, Anthony Godfrey. Today we find out what it's like to keep up with the custodians. We're talking about school custodians who take care of buildings that are housing more than 56,000 students. Every single day, I dive in and do some of the work myself with the help of Kevin Sprague, who is the head custodian at our brand new mountain Ridge high school in Harriman. Then we follow some sweepers around and find out how they land the jobs that in many cases seem to be a perfect fit for students. Let's start with a 7:00 AM visit to mountain Ridge high school and custodian. Kevin Sprague. Are you Kevin? I'm good. How are you, Dr. Godfrey? I'm doing all right. Uh, we're here at seven and I suspect Kevin has already been here for a while this morning.

(01:10):
Yes, I have. So I've been here actually, most of the weekend, I was here yesterday for about 10 hours, working with our contractors, do a, finishing up our auditorium and then come in early this morning, touch up, clean up for Sadie's dance. Do some little odds and ends. So yes, Hurley.

(01:26):
I have a theory that anyone who works in a high school could stand in the comments at any time, day or night, and someone would walk up and have a question or have a need. Do you feel like that's true?

(01:38):
Yes. And I'm glad that the district pays for our cell phones for all of our text communication emails, because it comes in all the time.

(01:44):
I have no doubt. This is the second school you've opened. Right? You opened the middle school as well. Yeah.

(01:50):
Yes. I opened up copper mountain, middle school six years ago and then thought I'd put in for the high school and here I am.

(01:56):
Kevin, you and I have known each other for a long time. And your family has been very involved in Jordan school district. Tell us a little bit about that.

(02:03):
Yeah, my dad, he retired from the Jordan school. There. She's a head custodian. Um, I have a younger brother. That's a head custodian over at sunset Ridge middle. His wife is a nutrition service manager over at West Jordan middle and then myself. I've been in the district for 28 years. Um, made a career out of it probably will still continue to work here. And it's been a great place.

(02:24):
We're well, we're very glad to have so many. Sprague's in Jordan school district, uh, doing the hard work that's required to keep everything up and running and I'm going to try some of that hard work today. Don't let me break anything.

(02:37):
Well, we'll see how you go. We're going to give you a little demonstration on our writing floor scrubbers, and we'll see how you do

(02:42):
Now. The writing floor scrubber, it looks kind of like at many Zamboni. It's like a Zamboni lawnmower combination. Somehow

(02:50):
These machines are great when it comes to cleaning the buildings and such large buildings to be able to clean every day and help keep the floors up. Okay, there we go. So here's the key switch. I still turn it on. Wait, do I need to put the breakout? I don't even need to do anything yet over here. Alright, so we've got the water already set the pad pressure already set. Now we're going to start the speed really slow. You can go kind of faster, but we're going to get going. We're going to push the green button.

(03:19):
Is it going to start moving as soon as he pushes them?

(03:21):
That's this, this right here. That'll get you going for, this is forward. This is reverse. So forward arrow.

(03:27):
Is it, is there water coming out of the bottom? Once you start going to water? Oh, so the water comes in once I start moving. Okay.

(03:35):
Make sure you steer

(03:38):
I'll make sure I steer, it sounds like a hovercraft. It sounds like I'm floating on air a little bit

(03:44):
On the squeegee down. And once we start going, they'll start walking.

(03:47):
Alright. Alright. Do I control the speed with the gas pedal?

(03:51):
You don't even need to do anything here where we've got you on the lowest speed. So as fast as you want to go on the gas pedal, you can go and then turn,

(04:00):
Okay. Now I'm avoiding lockers here. I'm avoiding the wall, but I think it would be kind of hard to be able to see where I'd been and make sure I lined up just right.

(04:11):
You have this nice little feature too.

(04:15):
Oh, wait. Horn. Okay. Here we go. All right. Can you customize the horn? Uh, I don't know. We'd have to check in with that. I think that's worth looking into all right. I'm going to try you here. I'm going to try you turn. Am I actually cleaning the floor? Am I just driving?

(04:32):
You're actually cleaning the floor right now. So the water's down. Everything's doing like, we do a normal cleaning. Like I say, this would just go a little faster. You can kind of tell once you get going, but

(04:42):
It's all right. Let's put the pedal to the metal. Let's see how let's blow this thing wide open. Do I have to set it differently here? Oh, it's slower. Fast. It's all or nothing. Huh? I just turned it on slow.

(04:53):
Now. We're going to now once you get going, let's see if we can get it back to fast.

(04:57):
Okay.

(04:59):
Now go turn everything off.

(05:02):
Oh, wow. All right. I'm feeling a little, uh, I'm feeling a little breeze now. Oh. But I did a terrible job.

(05:10):
Was water. Just keep going. Now. Now that squeegee will come back down and you'll go right back over there.

(05:15):
Okay. Why did I leave all that water behind? I went too fast.

(05:19):
No, we turned it on just so you can see how fast it goes without the water down. And then, uh, it's, we're still putting water down struggling, but now you're sucking it all back up with this week.

(05:28):
Okay. That's good. I didn't, I did not want to make things worse than when I came. Yeah, you're good. Well, this is not an uncomfortable way to do this work. How was it done before you had a writing one that was this, the one where you kind of had to hold it?

(05:42):
Um, well before machines, we had to do everything with a mop, a hand mop. So over my career, we've been able to change the machines. It eventually worked to a walk behind machine, and now we went to the rider machines. So then you just turn everything off here. And then once you get off at all, raise it all up.

(05:59):
So it will raise up. Once I get off

(06:02):
Everything just kicked on everything's off. And then you would just turn the key back to

(06:09):
It's a, it's a complex job. And if you don't have a great person like you at the helm in your school, then it's a very difficult time. But luckily we have great custodians in our district. And we've just got more and more like you said, that you're responsible for in these buildings, because with the advanced in technology, the buildings are more complex and the maintenance, maintenance is more complex.

(06:33):
We have to adapt as custodians. People think that, I think the thing is, is, you know, it's always been the janitor type deal. Well, that's gone a long time ago because we adapt, you know, we're computer stuff. Now we're running this billing $80 million building and heating and air conditioning and light controls. And you know, so we've had to adapt. It's not just the cleaning aspect of anymore. It's, it's more of, you know, our districts with customer service and dealing with sport activities or, you know, things that come into our building. So we've changed. It's not just the cleaning part of anymore. We're a pretty, you know, pretty important for maintain and take ownership of the buildings. You know, even custodians are on call on the weekends, you know, if something happens custodians or who they call and to be able to, you know, keep our custodians trained. And that goes along with our, uh, our custodial director to keep us trained. And we have our trainings too. It's not just, Hey, go in clean and mop and empty some trash cans. There's a lot more to it.

(07:29):
Well, and every building has its own needs and you have to get to know that particular building and the things that have been installed over the years. And, uh, what we really rely on our custodians just to keep things up and running, because if the things you're doing don't work, then nobody can do anything in the building.

(07:46):
Correct. Yeah. You know, and you know, even my principal, mr. [inaudible] was telling me the other day, he says, you know, there's, there's important people in the building, which is everybody, but he says, you know, when it comes down to it, your custodian, your head secretary, they kind of keep things going every day and keep it managed. And, you know, even when, you know, in the summertime and that sort of stuff, when schools are closed down, you know, the custodians are in here cleaning, getting it ready for the school year to start for those three months when it's downtime. And it, it takes that time to keep it running and keep things looking good and maintained for the year.

(08:16):
You know, I know you get called out in the middle of the night or during the day on the weekend. What are some of the crazy calls that you've received over the years?

(08:25):
Uh, well, you know, you hate to say it, but some of this stuff is mostly vandalism and it's a shame that, you know, we get those calls to where someone's either spray painted or didn't like the school and a rival school comes in. Um, you know, we had two funny things here and it was over fall recess, which is kind of funny and people don't, you know, you really don't hear these as custodians. So you think, Oh, as we go back just to cleaning is we had a Falcon get into our band room when they were changing some doors out and we had to call animal control and help them get nets in there. And it took two days to finally catch the Falcon out of the band room.

(08:58):
So there were plenty of places for a Falcon to hide here.

(09:01):
Yes. Yeah. And he hung out there in the band room for two days before we were actually able to catch him. So, you know, you hear those little things and you're always helping that, or even the other day with the administration going out and help them catch a chicken in the parking lot and you know, that sort of stuff. So it's not just, I mean, there's a lot of other things.

(09:17):
Was that a little bit like Rocky too, out there with Mike [inaudible] chasing the chicken.

(09:22):
Yeah. It was pretty interesting. There was about six of us that finally caught it, but, uh,

(09:26):
Who caught it? I want to know who caught it

(09:29):
Birth home or our vice principal actually was able to put his foot on it finally and catch it. And then we brought it in and

(09:34):
Put it in a box, but that doesn't surprise me. He does have the eye of the tiger. You can tell when you walk by, stay with us, we're going to take a quick break. And when we come back, we go sweeping or something like that. With students sweepers at mountain Ridge high school. Do you want to know what's going on in Jordan school district? Maybe see your child or a friend featured in a school story. Check out our website@jordandistrict.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at Jordan district. Let's connect today. We're back talking to sweepers students who are a part of the custodial team here at mountain Ridge high school. Hi, what's your name? I'm Kaitlin. Doopy and Kaitlyn. You're a sweeper here at mountain red. Yeah.

(10:34):
I'm cleaning the windows on the doors and then I'm going to wipe them off

(10:41):
Face print there in the window.

(10:45):
Nose, mouth cheek.

(10:46):
Can you tell if it's male or female? It's probably not.

(10:49):
I can't, but it's probably a guy. That's usually what it is. It's usually a guy trying to get his friend's attention.

(10:54):
Oh, look at that. He needs to exfoliate. Yeah. It's kind of definitely tell it's. It is really a face print. It's like a fingerprint. It's got all kinds of wrinkles in it. What percentage of classroom windows would you say have face prints from day to day?

(11:09):
Probably like 25%.

(11:12):
Like one other free form as face. Oh, well it is high school. Okay.

(11:18):
That might be a nose or something.

(11:21):
Yeah. That looks like a nose. All right. Wow. I do not see the attraction of doing that. It's kind of weird. I don't get it either. I guess I've lost touch with the simple pleasures of being in high school.

(11:35):
Oh. Almost like someone put a sticker like right there and then peel it up.

(11:38):
So that's probably so really there's a, there's an amount of, there's a story behind every smudge.

(11:43):
Yes. That's what it is. Try to figure out the story. Sometimes you make my own up.

(11:48):
See, now that's a girl who knows how to pass the time. Well done, Caitlyn. And what is your specific responsibility?

(11:56):
Um, I clean the main level science room, so I do garbages and the floors and gum scraping and everything. How do you get gum off? A lot of elbow grease. You just keep going until it's gone. It's everywhere though. Have you ever seen the movie elf? Yes. It's like that.

(12:14):
Yeah. It is like that sometimes. Yeah. Have you ever chewed it before? No, that's disgusting. Okay. So it's not like that to that degree. Can you tell which teacher's room is dirtier than another teacher's room? Is it consistent? Yeah. Okay. I'm not going to ask for names, but you can definitely tell a difference, huh? Oh yeah, definitely. Okay. Alright. Fair enough. So generally, do you feel like kids are taking good care of the building?

(12:39):
Uh, I think they try.

(12:40):
I think it's things happen though, right? Yeah. So how did you get the job as a sweep?

(12:46):
Uh, I came in and talked to Corey. I worked at Herrmann before, so I already had everything on certified and ready. And he had me started the next day.

(12:53):
Yeah. Herrmann to me feels like a brand new school, but it's been around for 10 years. Is there a difference working here versus working at Herrmann?

(13:01):
Uh, yeah, a little bit. It's definitely nicer and newer and I don't know. I like it better.

(13:06):
Thank you very much. Thanks for your workout. Yeah, sure. Tell me, what's your name? Mackay Mortenson Mackay. And you're a sweeper here at mountain Ridge high school? Yes, sir. And what do you like about being a sweeper? Um, the hours are excellent and I know my schedule clear out to the end of the school year. That's true. I remember working a part time job and always having to check and see what the assistant manager assigned me. Um, it's kind of nice to have some, uh, predictability. Exactly. That's exactly what it is. And it's not that many hours, just two hours right after school. And so it fits in great with extracurricular activities and all kinds of stuff. And you only work on school days, is that right? Yes. Have you done, how long have you done this? Um, I'm coming up on two years now.

(13:50):
Where were you before Fort Harmon? Middle school. And how's the middle school? Different from the high school? Um, in high schools, the sweeper just don't have to clean bathrooms, which is much better. Oh, I didn't know that now my son was a middle school sweeper and he was assigned the bathrooms when he was brand new. And, um, I guess the new guy always gets the bathrooms. He liked doing the bathrooms so much that he just held onto that job and he did it for four straight years. But you did not like that part of it now. It's not my favorite it's it requires a lot of detail orientation, just like every other aspect of everything. But people notice if there's something up with the bathrooms. I that's true. They do notice quickly. So what responsibilities do you have here at mountain Ridge? Um, I cleaned the library, um, and you know, I just help out and do what I need to do to clean, make sure everything's disinfected and vacuumed every single day.

(14:42):
So the library is your main responsibility, the library, and a few other classrooms, the library, and a couple of other classrooms. Okay. And then just whatever's needed along the way? Yes. And is this something that you might continue with or you, well first, let me ask you this. Are you in high school? Yes. Here at mountain Ridge. And so when you graduate, is this something you might consider continuing with? You know, I think it definitely might be a good option to help get me through college and get me through schooling. It's um, the district does a really good job taking care of their employees and, you know, I feel like it would be an excellent way for me to make a little bit of money. So how did you go about getting a job as a sweeper? You just got to speak with the head custodian at the school you'd like to work with and, um, he'll send you to sweeper training.

(15:27):
That's two hour class where you learn everything you need to know, and then you come in and you work. Okay, great. Thanks for talking with me. Thanks for doing a great job out there. All right. Thank you very much. What's your name? I'm Jonathan. And you're a sweeper here at mountain Ridge? Yes. How did you get that job? Uh, I found about, uh, I found out about it online and then my dad told me to, I'm going to have to work with him. And I said, no. So I decided to take initiative and come get this job. What does your dad do? He, uh, owns a concrete business. So you, you decided concrete was not for you now. I've done it with him before and I don't like it. What do you like about being a sweeper? Uh, I was a pretty flexible and it's just something to help him get away from home and stuff.

(16:13):
What makes mr. Sprague the best boss in the world? Uh, I guess he's not like that harsh or anything. He's a cool cat. I know I'm well. Um, so, um, you were running out of here when I stopped you to interview you. Um, do you try to crank through as fast as you can? Uh, not always. I usually try to do my best and get what I can done. What are your responsibilities? Uh, I take out the trash. I clean up the classroom. I usually, uh, wipe tables off from marks and stuff. Clean windows, not too bad. Or people, uh, treating the building with respect. Do you think overall, or have you had some problems that way? Uh, like my biggest problem is just, there's a bunch of messes on the floor in some classrooms, people eating and then like dumping stuff on the floor and paper everywhere and not cleaning up. Well, thanks for doing this work. I think it's a great job. We're going to take a quick break and then have one more look inside the life of a school custodian. Come on back.

(17:13):
Hey, you okay? Uh, yeah. I just have a lot of stuff going on in my head. You need to talk, dude, stop hiding behind the happy face. Talk with no filter. Get the safe.

(17:26):
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(17:29):
App store, Google play or safe. ut.org.

(17:36):
Okay. We're upstairs now. What do you call this room?

(17:39):
So this is our mechanical room. This has about nine air handler units in here that does the heating and air conditioning for the biggest part of our building, the gymnasium area, the fitness rooms, the dance rooms. So each one of these units here does a certain part of the building for the heating and air condition.

(17:57):
So how frequently do you change the filters up here?

(17:59):
Yeah. So about three to four times a year, we changed the filters throughout the building. Sometimes it depends out in these areas with the construction that gets a little bit dustier. So you may have to do them a little more frequent, but generally three to four times a year, we're going to go in, this is one of our air handler units and make sure

(18:20):
It looks like I'm going to walk into a cryogenic tank here.

(18:23):
Yeah. So here, we've got a hole there, six big fans and motors that run. And then on the backside of over here, we'd have a filter. So you can kind of see the different stages that it goes from the outside and then goes into the building. So riding here.

(18:36):
Oh yeah. I can feel the air flow.

(18:38):
Yep. So we've got a whole panel of filters. Yep. You're right in stepping right into this machine.

(18:42):
It's a room that can almost stand all the way up. I can, you can stand up in and uh, it's like a huge walking closet, like wow. Okay. Yeah.

(18:53):
Yeah. So we have this whole bank of filters and what we do is we take these out and then you can kind of see how the dust, something in here. There's little feathers come in and then you change these out. So these are throw away. So these are getting, we just put in a big order. They're getting, does it start out as white? Yes, they start.

(19:10):
So they're pretty clear. They're pleaded just like a, kind of a filter at home, but there are like 16 of them along the wall here. And uh, Oh yeah, you do see feathers and stuff. That is, it pulls in, but this is all starting to look gray. How long have these been in?

(19:29):
This has probably been in, uh, since about July. So these are on their cycle to be changed. But like I say, you can see the, the air and the fans coming in so that it blocks all the dust and stuff, going back into the building before. So we don't get all the dust particles,

(19:43):
Steven on a dirty air day. Do you feel like we're in good shape inside?

(19:47):
Yeah. Our filtration system. The thing is, is like we were saying, you saw the different thicknesses of filters. So our, a heating air conditioning apartment in our energy department did a lot of research on specific filters to get the best air quality in the building. So they went to the thicker, it was a Merv eight, so that you get the thicker and it lasts that timeframe. And then depending like you say that the construction or air outside, you may have to change a little more frequent for dust, but no, our air quality in our facilities are awesome. Our guys do a great job at doing that research and our energy department to keep that outside air flow mixture is, yeah, it does a great job

(20:24):
Is summer one of the busier times for you in a way.

(20:29):
So yeah, summer, uh, you know, it's people think, Oh, you know, what do you do during the summers custodian? The kids are gone. Building's empty, you know, Hey, do you get a break too? Well, no, we don't. We're here. Like you say, 12 months we go back through, it gives us a time to shampoo carpets, clean and scrub, relax the floors. We're still maintaining the grounds out there and do something to make sure those sprinklers are working. The grass stays green. Um, you know, everybody kind of, here's another little thing, you know, we have what, 2,600 lockers here. Well, that combo has to be changed somehow. It just doesn't stay on that way for riders. Right. So we actually have to go around, put a key in and rotate that combo to the next one. So it's all ready to go. So people, kids, students can't come in next year and say, Oh, I can go try the combo. It's a different combo.

(21:17):
What are some of the things that people may misunderstand about the work you do as a custodian that, uh, maybe some, some misunderstandings,

(21:26):
Well, um, you know, I think we're here also to make the education better for our students and all that come in. So I think the stat, like you say, the, the big stereotype is, Oh, the mean January, you know, we're, we're, we're awesome people too. We love working with the kids. Um, you know, I, one thing that I did at my middle school is, you know, at Christmas time I dress up into my Santa Claus costume and give candy canes out to the students. So we want to be a part of the kids. We don't want to be just off to the side, you know, we're here, there for them and this is their building. And we want to make the best, best day that they can have as they come in. So, uh, I think that's the thing is they just think we're not, we're not part of the education part of it, but we are, and we can play an important role in making that day to day activities, work and success.

(22:11):
Well, in my experience, custodians have always been an important part of what goes on at the school in every way. And, uh, every adult has a chance to connect to kids in a unique way, and everyone connects with someone and we need everybody's help. And I think custodians do a particularly good job of connecting to kids because you're out in the building, you're out and around and they see you every day.

(22:32):
Yeah, that's true. And you know what? It was just like a last Saturday night I came and we had our Sadie's Hawkins dance and, you know, to see some of the students, they come up and high five-year, you know, they know who you are. They know you're part of the building. And to be able to have that, or even one time I went into a checker auto parts and I was checking out and, you know, the guy that was helping me, he said, Hey, mr. Sprague, and he'd remembered me from elementary school from the impact I had. And, you know, that's what it is. It's, that's what you want. You want them to remember you for the positive things. Um, you know, we, we all know there's not always the best of times with students in that, but you know what, you're here and there, it's almost like a family, you know, you get to know the kids as they come in and then they respect you or you work with Omer. Hey, you know, you're just important. So we appreciate that. And we are, you know,

(23:16):
Part thanks for everything that you do here and that you've done it, every school where you've worked and for the positive impact you've had, wherever you go on students on employees and just making it feel good to be at the school where you're working.

(23:30):
Thank you very much. I appreciate it. And I say, you know, I've done it for a long time and it's been a great place to work. And my family has found it a great place to work. And I actually have a senior that wants to go

(23:40):
Special ed. So it's, it's great to be a part of the district. So if you're thinking about working for Jordan school district, come to mountain Ridge, talk to Kevin Sprague, he'll give you the low down. Well, thank you very much for being with us. Thanks a ton to Kevin Sprague for taking time out of a very busy schedule. You can hear in the background, they're hard at work here at mountain Ridge every second of the day, keeping things up and running. Just remember education is the most important thing you'll do today. We'll see out there

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