Video, photos and story by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
When King Elementary’s beloved custodian announced that he would be taking a job closer to his home, office professional Robyn Skodsinzky knew Joe Powell deserved a proper send-off. A big, all-school, surround-the-man-with-love kind of send-off.
“It was so much fun,” said Skodzinsky, referring to Friday’s send-off on the playground, where about 500 students lined up to high-five Powell, or in some cases give him a tearful hug. “I wasn’t surprised that everyone came out to say goodbye. The smiles, hugs, and happy tears are all evidence of how kind and dedicated Joe is. His infectious laugh will be greatly missed!”
“I’m overwhelmed,” said Powell, who has been the King custodian and an after-school childcare teacher for five years. “I never expected anything like this.”
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