Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Ill., has a rockstar among them and it was very evident last week when the students went around to get their yearbooks signed by friends and teachers. They discovered, however, that the most popular kid in school isn't exactly a kid — he's the school's janitor.
The school district posted an image to its Facebook page showing a huge line of second-graders waiting to get their yearbooks signed by none other than the school's janitor, Mr. Steve Weidner. The caption read: "Shepard Custodian Steve 'Mr. Steve' Weidner has reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his "fans"!
He signed all 104 of their yearbooks and even had a water bottle beside him like any super star at a signing would have.
Principal Shirley Padera isn't surprised, she told WGNtv that Weidner goes above and beyond for the kids.
'He pays attention to the kids … he knows who they are,' she told the station. 'The kids know if anything happens, Mr. Steve is going to take care of it.'
Weidner told MTV in an interview that even after signing all of the second-graders' yearbooks, after they had bombarded him in the schoolyard in true paparazzi fashion, he signed about 200 more books throughout the rest of the day.
Though his hand may be weary, the now-school-and-Internet-famous custodian is glad for the attention.
"It gives a lot of positive exposure to custodians and shows you don't have have to be a teacher to play a big part in a kid's life," he told MTV. "That's all I'm trying to do."