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MacArthur High School is keeping it clean with custodians

MacTEACH and Superintendent Brian G. Gottardy.

Farnaz Seddighzadeh (maroon shirt) gathers her fellow MacTEACH students and coordinator Steve Davidson to take a photo with Brian G. Gottardy, superintendent
of schools (far left).

At North East ISD, custodians are on the frontlines at every campus. In maintaining the cleanliness throughout their schools, these dedicated individuals play an essential role in faculty, staff and student success. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by students at MacArthur High School, as students in the MacTEACH program donated their time after school to assist campus custodians on April 3.

MacTEACH is a student-led tutoring program coordinated by MacArthur teacher, Steve Davidson. The students, along with PTA members and parents broke a sweat performing tasks such as wiping desks, dusting, sweeping, mopping, floor polishing, trash disposal, and more. Campus custodians did a great job directing the students and demonstrating to them how best to complete each task.

Dusting and scrubbing.

Custodians and students worked quickly to get as much done as possible in one hour.

"We need people in the public to appreciate what these individuals are up against," said MacTEACH coordinator, Steve Davidson, as he addressed the volunteers after school. "This is hard work, but we all work in this building and as a united front, we are getting ready to do this for a fifth time."

"We gather the whole tutoring program that we have and we separate them into smaller groups so we can pair each group with a custodian…because we realize they do a lot of work for us," said MacTEACH student, Farnaz Seddighzadeh. "I think it's important that students have some sort of perspective on not only how much is invested into their education, but the things that the school does for them; in addition to learning the importance of giving back."

This effort is just one of the many volunteer projects the students conduct throughout the year. Another one of note is the Burmese Project. As part of the Burmese Project, the students break language barriers as they tutor refugees from the Southeast Asian sovereign state of Burma.

When the clock hit 5:30 p.m., the MacTEACH students weren't done. The busy students still had a tutoring session that evening that would end around 7:30 p.m.

Students and MacArthur custodians
Sweeping Walking the halls
Cleaning up Polishing the floor
Sweeping Recycling
Students and parents gather after school. Mr. Davidson addressing students.


Posted on April 4, 2014