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Someone 2 Know: Patrick Peterson

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From top to bottom, Patrick Peterson works hard to make this place shine.

Patrick's the site facility coordinator at North Valleys High School where he oversees custodial and grounds crews.

He's the head janitor.

"So any overflowing toilets or any problems like that - that's me!"

It's a different day - every day - at a school with 2,100 students. "During the day, I'm the designated cleaner - as far as taking care of emergencies or anything like that.

"So, your radio is always on?"

"So my radio is always on!"

"Beep... Beep... 'Peterson to Curtis. We have some mail in for you. Want me to bring it down to you?"

Patrick puts 100% effort into any task asked of him. And colleagues have noticed changes on campus since he started working here two-and-a-half years ago. "Before our floors didn't shine and now they shine and that's giving the students a sense of pride," says principal Jeana Curtis.

His efforts have caught the attention of students, too.

"I think a lot of kids care more about the school now because they see how well it's kept up."

But Patrick has gone above and beyond his "to do" list... "painting the school, getting the grounds up to where they needed to be," he's changing morale among the student body.

His smile and positive attitude are contagious. And students are beginning to mirror him - his conscientious demeanor, his dependability, and most of all his respect, not just for the school, but for the community. Whether he'll admit it or not, Patrick's become the heart of North Valleys.

"He truly is. I've never met anyone so pleasant, so funny and so caring about the school, too," says Curtis.

And that is why he has been named a top 10 finalist for the nationwide "Janitor of the Year" contest -- which certainly would be an honor to win, but Patrick says - he's already won.

"I actually love my job. I really do. I hate missing work. I like to be here. I like to be part of it. I like to know what's going on. And I take pride."

The deadline to vote for Patrick in the Cinta's Janitor of the Year contest is next week.

You can vote over and over -- every day.

If he wins - he will get $2,500 for himself and for the school.

Written by Kristen Remington

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