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Hundreds of students filled the cafeteria Monday morning at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills, shouting Louis Queen’s name and waving signs with special messages.It’s their way of thanking Queen for keeping their school clean for 50 years. “I appreciate everything they are doing for me and the kids,” Queen said. “They all look up to me, and I appreciate that.”Queen started as a custodian during a program in high school and never stopped. He takes pride in keeping the school clean, and he takes pride in the students he serves. “I love talking to them at lunch, every time at lunch when they come in,” Queen said.From conversations, talent shows and dance competitions at lunch to smiles, waves and high-fives in the halls, Queen has become so much more than a custodian. He’s more like a community icon.”Mr. Louis is really nice, and he’s always fun and outgoing,” said Shelby Bastien, a fifth grader. “It’s always like whenever he walks in the room, it’s, like, a nice bright light.”Lisa Lavin, who has been a second-grade teacher at Four Seasons for 26 years, heard about Queen before she met him. “Some of my friends had him as a custodian when they were here. Everybody in the community knows him,” Lavin said. “I met him as soon as I stepped foot in the school. He was there to help. That’s what he does. He helps everybody. Everybody loves him.”Students and staff showed their love for Queen with a schoolwide assembly, featuring special video messages and songs. The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce is honoring Queen with the Spirit of Community Award, all to make sure he knows his 50 years of service are seen and valued. “It’s a silent job that people don’t consider, but everybody notices when school facilities can’t open or don’t function correctly,” said Bery Edmonston, the area manager for operations at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “He does an incredible job of keeping the facility up and running and taking care of the people who are using the facility.” Queen plans to keep doing the job he loves at Four Seasons until he retires, keeping the school clean and spreading lots of joy along the way.

Hundreds of students filled the cafeteria Monday morning at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills, shouting Louis Queen’s name and waving signs with special messages.

It’s their way of thanking Queen for keeping their school clean for 50 years.

“I appreciate everything they are doing for me and the kids,” Queen said. “They all look up to me, and I appreciate that.”

Queen started as a custodian during a program in high school and never stopped. He takes pride in keeping the school clean, and he takes pride in the students he serves.

“I love talking to them at lunch, every time at lunch when they come in,” Queen said.

From conversations, talent shows and dance competitions at lunch to smiles, waves and high-fives in the halls, Queen has become so much more than a custodian. He’s more like a community icon.

“Mr. Louis is really nice, and he’s always fun and outgoing,” said Shelby Bastien, a fifth grader. “It’s always like whenever he walks in the room, it’s, like, a nice bright light.”

Lisa Lavin, who has been a second-grade teacher at Four Seasons for 26 years, heard about Queen before she met him.

“Some of my friends had him as a custodian when they were here. Everybody in the community knows him,” Lavin said. “I met him as soon as I stepped foot in the school. He was there to help. That’s what he does. He helps everybody. Everybody loves him.”

Students and staff showed their love for Queen with a schoolwide assembly, featuring special video messages and songs.

The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce is honoring Queen with the Spirit of Community Award, all to make sure he knows his 50 years of service are seen and valued.

“It’s a silent job that people don’t consider, but everybody notices when school facilities can’t open or don’t function correctly,” said Bery Edmonston, the area manager for operations at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. “He does an incredible job of keeping the facility up and running and taking care of the people who are using the facility.”

Queen plans to keep doing the job he loves at Four Seasons until he retires, keeping the school clean and spreading lots of joy along the way.



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