Terry Dean’s recent coverage failed to recognize very important participants in this program, those being the buildings and grounds department at Oak Park and River Forest High School, more specifically the custodians. [Can a Summer Job Boost Fall Grades? News, Aug. 19] We were asked to take part in this student job program, which we agreed to wholeheartedly. After all, it would benefit our students.

Thirteen of our students worked all summer with the custodians learning the ins and outs of what it takes to clean and ready our 1.5 million-square-foot building for fall semester. They learned how to strip and wax floors, wash walls, pull trash and anything else that goes along with our job. They worked on crews with the custodians who became the students’ tutors of the jobs. As the summer comes to an end and the students return to classes, it is our hope that we have made a huge impact. Our goals were to teach them what hard work is all about, pride in a job well done and reliability.

It is our hope that the students will take everything they learned with us and apply it to their school work during the year. I believe we accomplished this. I am proud of the job our OPRF custodians and the buildings and grounds department have done with our student workers.

Toni Hagins
Oak Park
Assistant head custodian, OPRF

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