Janitor ‘Totally Lost It’ When Students and Faculty Surprised Him on National Custodian Day

May 22, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019

School custodians often have a messy job, and their work can go unnoticed. For the custodian at Moody Elementary School in Moody, Alabama, Oct. 2 turned out to be a very important day—National Custodian Day, and staff and students set out to make it an unforgettable one for their favorite custodian.

Eugene Hilton, or “Mr. Eugene” as he is affectionately known as, was asked by teacher Andrea Orr to please clean up a mess in the school gymnasium, and without hesitation, he walked in armed with cleaning utensils.

Much to his surprise, there was no mess but hundreds of super-excited students who were waiting to greet him. They had been keeping quiet waiting for his arrival and now could let it all out.

Our school showed Mr. Eugene lots of love and appreciation today! This is our third graders surprising him!

Posted by Moody Elementary School on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

He stopped for a moment to gain his composure, as he was visibly moved at the display of affection by the staff and children.

“I totally lost it. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” he told WLWT5.

“Thanks, Mr. Eugene, for always lending a helping hand,” was one banner the students displayed.

Then, cards and gifts were showered upon him.

He is responsible for cleaning up after around 1,000 children, from ages 4 to 9, but what makes it special is the interaction he has with them all. He enjoys a good fist bump with them, and always finds the time to speak to every teacher with a few kind words, enquiring how their day is going.

So they all wanted to show Mr. Eugene just how much they appreciated him, and he certainly appreciated that!

Watch the video below:

Not all superheroes wear capes. We know of one in particular that we are very thankful for! National Custodial Workers Day❤️ #MESlovesMr.Eugene

Posted by Andrea Tatum on Tuesday, October 2, 2018