Sunday, 19 February 2017

Leaving a Mark.

Having shared two stories of teachers who left a mark on the lives of students I heard a little voice in the back of my head reminding me that the most important people in the school system were not always teachers. 

Of course there were also head teachers and deputies who equally left a mark on the life of a school.

But everybody associated with schools learned that the people you made sure you stayed friends with were the secretaries and the janitors. A disagreement in those departments was not a good idea for the wellbeing of your department or career. 

I then remembered a story that should bring a little smile to your day but still has a little lesson.

The school was faced with a real dilemma.  

 A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. 
That was fine, other than some thought it was a bit young for girls to be going down that route. The real trouble though was this. After they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. 
  Every night the cleaners and janitorial staff would remove the lip prints, and the next day the girls would put them back.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. 
She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the head janitor. 
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the janitors who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses).
To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the John the janitor to show the girls how much effort was required.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror.

There are teachers... and then there are educators.
Have a wonderful day. Go on smile you know you want to.

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