National Custodial Worker Recognition Day

Every October 2nd is observed as National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day. As the name suggests, it’s a holiday that encourages people to show appreciation to the employees who keep their workplaces, or schools nice and clean. Custodians are important for the proper functioning of many workplaces and schools.

They help to enhance everyone’s overall experience, they ensure that proper waste-management procedures are being followed and they make sure the work or school environment is clean and hygienic.

Many custodians also perform other important maintenance tasks as well — including changing light bulbs, fixing leaky faucets, and clearing drains. Custodians do so much for all of us on a daily basis the least we can do is show them some appreciation.

The History Of National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day

Unfortunately, we were unable to locate the origins of this holiday. We searched the bowels of the Internet and were unable to find any source that claims to have invented this day. As usual, we’ll continue to try and find the origins of this day, but until we can, we’ll just have to mark the history of this holiday as unknown.

Some Random Facts About Custodians

Okay, now that we’re on the subject of custodians, let’s see what more we can find out about them. Actually, we already did that. We did a little bit of research and came up with some random facts about custodians that we feel everyone will appreciate.

  • In most Japanese schools, custodians are not hired for cleaning purposes. That’s because Japanese students are expected to be responsible for maintaining their schools’ cleanliness.
  • Horror writer Stephen King used to be a janitor.
  • Comedian Jim Carrey also worked as a custodian.

Observing National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day

One of the best ways to observe this holiday is to simply show some appreciation to the custodians who work at your office or school. Showing appreciation doesn’t have to require purchasing a gift or anything either.

It can simply be an acknowledgment to them that what they are doing is important and appreciated. People can even leave custodians a brief message over the Internet using the hashtag #NationalCustodialWorkersRecognitionDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 2 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 2 Thursday
Last year (2023)
October 2 Monday
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