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Editor’s note: Julie Moore and the Twin Valley Elementary School Wings program is offering an after school Wings journalism program called “Reporters.” Kaylin Roth, Simon Wendel, and Grace Grinold signed up for the program this session. In this installment, Roth writes about TVES head custodian David Sherman. See page B10 for another installment.

By Kaylin Roth

WILMINGTON- Some of the jobs David Sherman does at TVES are vacuum, mop floors, pick up trash and recycling, clean bathrooms, wash windows, clean the cafeteria, and he has done lots of snow blowing and shoveling this winter!

Sherman’s hardest job is keeping the pellet boiler up and running. I wonder if it’s hard because he has to do a lot of technical stuff or if it’s that he has to run down to the basement and then run back up?

Sherman’s school hours are 5:30 am - 2 pm. He probably has to get up at about 5 or maybe even 4:30. Imagine if that was you, would you want to get up that early?

The first thing Sherman does when he gets to school is unlock the building and turn on all the lights.

During the summer Sherman still has many jobs like cleaning everything, stripping the wax off the tile floors and then re-waxing them, shampooing the carpets, and washing the walls and windows. Last summer he added a railing and wainscoting on all the hallway walls and then painted the lower half gray.

He gets more done when there are no people in school. My guess is that he gets more done because there’s nobody walking around and then messing up his freshly mopped floors or just vacuumed floors.

Mr. Sherman has worked here for seven years cleaning up milk spills, cleaning bathrooms, picking up pencils off the floor, taking out the trash, sweeping the beads off the floor, and joking with the kids.

Some kids call him Santa because of his fluffy white beard. School wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t here to clean up after us!

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