Custodian wins ‘Champions of Clean’ contest

Plainville Community Schools’ Custodian Greg Masse was named as one of two national winners of the “Champions of Clean” contest. The award, sponsored by Clorox, recognizes professionals and facilities managers who go “above and beyond” to create clean and healthy environments that building staff and patrons can trust.

Masse, a second shift custodian at Toffolon School, was nominated by facilities department office professional Sandy Bouchard. She said in a press release that it wasn’t easy to choose just one custodian, but Masse stood out for creating the “Tidy Tigers Award,” which gets students involved in keeping things tidy.

“It teaches responsibility and gives them something to be proud of,” Bouchard said in the release. “It also gives the custodians more time to concentrate on areas that need more of their attention.”

The Tidy Tigers award program allows Masse and fellow custodian Miguel Valazquez to choose two classrooms each week that stand out for 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.

Bouchard put together the Champions of Clean nomination, including information about The Tidy Tigers program that Masse created. At the end of March, she 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.

“This was a wonderful surprise, never thought I would win, but I am honored that I was nominated,”  Masse said in the press release.

According to facilities custodial manager Scott Martin, local schools are fortunate to have employees so willing to think outside the box. He said that the award was well-earned.

“I couldn’t be happier for him to receive this acknowledgement. He has established himself as a man of integrity, who is motivated and genuinely happy in his role as a custodian at Toffolon School,” Martin said in the release. “He is quite the jokester and manages to put smiles on peoples’ faces every day. We appreciate his dedication to the staff and students while accomplishing his responsibilities with a positive outlook daily. He has put Plainville schools on the map.”