Custodians work hard during the week to ensure school cleanliness is a top priority.

They are the first responders in many “messy” situations. So when it was time to honor them, an Alabama school did just that.

WHNT reports that Moody Elementary School custodian, Eugene Hinton was surprised with loud applause of praise as entered into the gym on Oct. 2 to clean up a “mess”.

The school celebrated Hinton in observance of National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day.

Hinton, who has been working with the school for about two years, is affectionately called Mr. Eugene by students and staff members.

Andrea Tatum, a third grade teacher at the school, asked Hinton to come to the gym to clean up an “accident’ made by one of the students.

Tatum told WHNT that Hinton was more than happy to help:

“He had such a great attitude about cleaning up the ‘mess,’ We love him so much!”

According to WHNT, the idea came about after the school’s secretary, Paige Mitchell, realized it was National Custodian Day. After a quick email to the staff, teachers jumped at the opportunity to make Mr. Eugene feel special.

Mitchell told WHNT that Hinton received gifts and special treatment throughout the day. She said his positive attitude and connection with the students is one of a kind:

“He has a special way of connecting with students,” she said. “He has a wonderful attitude and always makes people happy. We’re very thankful to have him.”

As he entered into the gym, Mr. Eugene was moved to tears as the students jumped up and down and sang praises to him.

Smiles and Warm hugs filled the gym as he thanked the nearly 1,000 students, ages four to nine, and fellow staff.

Watch the heartwarming video here:

This kind gesture, isn’t the only one of its kind, as several other schools have recognized and thanked their custodians in similar ways.

Hidden Oaks School second graders made Thank You cards for the custodians at their school, WPTV News reports.

The School District of Indian River County made a short video gathering the perspectives of each of their custodial workers from elementary, middle and high schools.

Principals or Assistant Principals from each school also said their thank you’s in the video as well.

Students at Sandston Elementary stood in line as they each thanked their custodians, Ms. Greene and Mr. Mizelle.

Dubuque Community School District also joined in on the fun as they created a short video on their Facebook page saying, “We’re thankful EVERYDAY for our custodians and the hard work they do for our buildings, staff and students. They are Superheros.”

These heartwarming videos show just how far a simple thank you can go.

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