School Custodians go out of their way to help schools reduce waste. Schools in Castro Valley have high recycling and composting or “diversion” rates (average 76%) in large part due to the efforts of custodians. Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) recognized school custodians during the 3rd CVSan Custodian Recognition Luncheon at Canyon Middle School on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. All Castro Valley School Custodians and School Administration were invited.
Awards were given out to the following Custodians:
The Dan Curry Custodian Program of the Year Award:Tim DeForest of Creekside Middle School (see photo below).
The Custodian Organics Program of the Year Award: Castro Valley High School Team: Joe Cannon, Jay Espitallier, Brad Fuzetti, Hai Feng Yu, Kenny Wong, Dave Elliott, Gloria Sira, Vince Sly, JR Hoops, and James Garma.
The Custodian Recycling Educator of the Year Award: Fred Meyer of Chabot Elementary School.
(Left photo: Creekside Lead Custodian Tim DeForest, and CVSan General Manager Roland Williams. Group Photo (right): CVUSD custodian staff, CVUSD Board of Education members, CVUSD Superintendent Jim Negri, CVSan Board members, and General Manager Roland Williams)
Approximately 50 people were in attendance, including most of the Castro Valley Unified School District Custodians, Maintenance and Operations Supervisor Charlotte Irwin, Program Technician Carey Sanchez Para, Castro Valley Sanitary District General Manager Roland Williams, and CVSan staff members Naomi Lue, Michelle Wu, and Robin Kim. Castro Valley Unified School Board members Janice Friesen, Gary Howard, Charmaine Banther, and John Barbieri were in attendance, along with CVUSD Superintendent Jim Negri.
“Helping schools reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and educating students about recycling and composting are important parts of our mission at CVSan. Without the dedication and support from school custodians, we wouldn’t be where we are today—recycling and composting 76% of what used to be thrown away as garbage,” said General Manager, Roland Williams.