CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Garland Christian, a custodian for Ceredo Kenova Middle School in Wayne County, was honored by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) during its monthly meeting on Wednesday for receiving the 2015 WVBE School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.
"School service personnel are an important part of any school family," said WVBE President Gayle Manchin. "We are proud to honor these employees for their many contributions that help our students every day. From everything I see and hear about Mr. Christian, he is a wonderful representative of the thousands of dedicated school service employees across our state."
Christian is known for seeing what needs to be done and going above and beyond the call of duty to improve the school environment at Ceredo Kenova Middle. He heads the school’s Beautification Committee and often purchases flowers, plants and landscaping materials from his own pocket. He also donates his free time to help with the planting, mowing and landscaping.
“Garland is a caring, civic-minded and self-motivated individual and it shows in everything he does,” said Ceredo Kenova Middle School Principal Tonji Bowen. “This year he saw that the floor in our boys’ bathroom in the gym needed to be replaced. So, he pulled up the damaged floor and worked two days over the Thanksgiving break to put down new flooring and baseboards. In addition to everything he does for his school, Garland also volunteers his time to support the Special Olympics and is a co-founder of Habitat for Humanity in southern Wayne County.”
The WVBE established the annual award program to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees including aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel who best exemplify the qualities of an outstanding employee.
The recognition program is designed to work similarly to the state's Teacher of the Year program, which honors classroom teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association supports this recognition and provides a $500 financial gift to the winner each year.
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