On December 20, Sharon Gies will retire after 30 and one-half years of working as a custodian at East Elementary School. Although she looks forward to the next phase in her life, the experiences she has had will not be forgotten.
“I will miss the job,” she said, “and the kids.”
Gies begins her typical day at 5:00 a.m., working until 1:00 p.m., but maintaining and cleaning the building is not all that she does, as everyone who attends the school can attest to.
“She’s more than just a custodian here,” said Mary Lieske, the principal of East Elementary School. “The building is immaculate. It’s always so clean.
“But she does so much more than just cleaning. The kids are the most important thing for her.”
Gies manages programs such as Box Tops for Education, which generates additional funding for the school by exchanging clippings from a variety of products that local families purchase and which students can bring in for prizes.
Read the full story on the front page of the December 5th edition of the Minden Courier!