Nominate Your Favorite Custodian for "Custodians Are Key" Contest

Tennant Company, a leader in the cleaning industry, announced the launch of Custodians Are Key, a contest to recognize the work of K-12 custodians around the country and honors them and their school with a $15,000 prize. The contest started on Sept. 9 and will run until May 6, 2020.  

“We all know the important role school custodians play in the cleanliness of their schools, but day-to-day, they each make a difference in the lives of students, staff and teachers through personal connections or even a simple friendly smile,” Lisa Kingsley, Channel Marketing Manager, Tennant Company said in a press release. “We wanted to recognize these custodians who make schools a happier, healthier and safer place to learn and work.”

Tennant is looking for nominations of school custodians who are making their schools better, going above and beyond their daily jobs, and showing students and staff they care.

The way the contest works: Three custodians will be chosen as finalists each quarter during the 8-month long contest. The finalists receive a $500 gift card and will have a chance to win a grand prize in May. The winner receives a prize valued at $5,000 while their school receives $10,000. A committee of judges from Tennant will select finalists based on the quality of the nomination and the impact of the custodian makes on their school.

Here are the deadlines to submit nominations for each quarter.

Round 1: Open September 9 – November 1. Finalists will be notified November 15.
Round 2: Open November 2 – January 3, 2020. Finalists will be notified January 17, 2020.
Round 3: Open January 4 – March 4, 2020. Finalists will be notified March 18, 2020.
Round 4: The final round of nominations opens March 5, 2020 and closes April 29, 2020.

The 12 finalists will be considered for the grand prize and the winner will be notified May 20.

To learn more about the Custodians Are Key program, watch this video. Visit to submit your nomination.

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Yvonne Marquez is senior editor of Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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