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Detroit Cristo Rey High School janitor needs your vote for Janitor of the Year


It’s too often an overlooked job. There are no two ways about it,  but it is certainly a very important job … a school janitor.

To honor the best of those who make sure children have a clean learning space there is the Janitor of the Year Contest. This year a Detroit Public Schools janitor has been nominated and is one of 10 finalists.

unspecifiedThe contest is hosted by Cintas Corporation and Andre Hearn, the janitor at Detroit Cristo Rey High School, needs your vote.

To cast your vote, please visit Voting is open through Friday, April 15 and you can vote once a day.

Hearn has worked at Cristo Rey High School for seven years. In that time he has developed a rapport with students through his stressing the importance of education. He also tells them should contribute to the community and come back to visit him after going off to college.

Hearn lives what preaches. He has purchased supplies for in-need students at his school, all with the creditless title of “anonymous.” He also volunteered to strip, wax, and seal the schools floor over winter break while most school faculty across the country are relaxing.  He is so well liked some of those college kids stop by over their break to help him get those floors to shine.

Detroit Christo Rey High School Photo by Andrew Jameson

Detroit Cristo Rey High School
Photo by Andrew Jameson

“It was hard narrowing down the hundreds of heart-warming nominations to just 10 finalists,” said Jillian Bauer, marketing manager, Cintas. “These 10 janitors do much more than clean their schools. They work weekends, set up for dances, encourage students to learn, provide school supplies and much more. Their selfless acts have a profound impact on children, teachers, faculty and the community.”

Along with recognition for being the best at a hard and overlooked job, the winner also receives $5,000 cash prize and $5,000 worth of cleaning products from Rubbermaid Commercial Products to continue his or her good work.

All the finalists get a $500 cash prize.

It is often said  education is the most important thing our society can do. What is forgotten is the people who make that possible go just beyond the teachers and principals. It is a group effort that includes those who make sure muddy footprints don’t sit around all day, keep the halls and classrooms clean and clean up after school events.  Those workers can have just as much impact on the impressionable young minds they touch every day. Andre Hearn is certainly one of them.

Remember, voting is open through Friday, April 15. You can vote once a day at

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