Elementary school janitor: “It’s my contribution to education”
An elementary school janitor has taken boring old carpet and made mini masterpieces that bring smiles to students faces every day. Kids at Woodbury School in New Hampshire cherish the creations Ron Munsey leaves for them during his overnight shift.
“I figured it would be a relaxing job,” Ron Munsey, 60, told Inside Edition about his job at the school, which he took in September. To make the mundane more fun the cleaning specialist tapped into his artistic side. “I was vacuuming one day, we got a couple new rugs, and I thought, ‘You can do a lot with this,’” he explained. And that’s how his carpet art was born. Now kids look forward to seeing his new pieces every morning. “One of the teachers said all the kids come in every day, and they say, ‘Wow, look at the rugs,’” Munsey said. “I met a parent yesterday and they actually said thank you. Her daughter talks about it every day when she comes home.”
Munsey is a loyal Red Sox fan and explained how his carpet illustrations reminded him of the designs mowed into baseball stadiums. “I call the rugs my miniature Fenway Park,” he reported. So far he’s created Charlie Brown, a jack-o’-lantern, a shooting star, and a witch flying on a broom. Munsey went all out for Election Day and left the White House on the carpet for the kids. The hardest design he’s tackled, though, was a dolphin he vacuumed. “My boss is a [Miami] Dolphins fan and I’m a [New England] Patriots fan, but you gotta keep on the good side of the boss,” he shared.
His work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Assistant Principal Dan Mitchell told ABC News that Munsey’s work helps kids understand just how much effort goes into creating a learning environment. “It really drives home the point that there are so many people that come in here after you’re gone and they work so hard to make a safe, comfortable, and happy place for you to learn,” Mitchell explained. “He’s an employee of the school, but he’s a stranger to the kids so to take that extra time with these small gestures really drives home that personal connection.”
Carpet designs are temporary, so Munsey’s creations are usually gone an hour after classes start. He told reporters he doesn’t mind. “I do something every day,” he shared. “It’s my little contribution to education. It makes [kids] look forward to coming to school.”