By John Rosales
March 17, 2010 — As top recipient of the C.L.E.A.N. Award, presented at the recent 2010 NEA ESP Conference in Las Vegas, Pat Lortie was awarded $5,000, a trip to the conference, one year NEA and National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP) membership, and boxes of cleaning products for his school.
“This award is important because it enhances the image of custodians and stresses the importance of cleaning for health, not appearance,” said Lortie, who accepted his award during the conference’s closing ceremony last Sunday.
NEA Executive Committee member Paula Monroe presented Lortie and four runners-up with their C.L.E.A.N. (Custodial Leaders for Environmental Advocacy Nationwide) awards. Weddy Fowler (Pennsylvania), Rick Larkin (Ohio), Frank Lotito (New Jersey), and Kathleen Osborne (Maryland) were also honored for their leadership, teamwork, and how they have enhanced the image of custodians.
The National C.L.E.A.N. ™ Awards program recognizes the contributions that custodians make to public health in schools and the community. The award program is sponsored by NEA, NEA Health Information Network, and the Soap and Detergent Association.