A Face in the Crowd 

WILLIAM PATTON (left) AND MICHAEL WARREN (right), custodians, Lockeland Elementary

Mr. Patton, how long have you worked for Metro schools? Going on 20 years.

Mr. Warren? Going on four years.

What makes Lockeland different than the rest? Everyone gets along here really well. The teachers will have the kids pick up after themselves; that doesn't happen at most other schools. Everybody just works well together. We've got a real good principal and secretary.

I hear the kids really like you guys because you're always joking around with them. You've got to be able to laugh with the job you've got, or it's just not worth it. Laughing puts you in the mood to work more.

What's the most unusual thing the kids have said to you? When we first came back to school this fall, several of the kids kept telling us there were frogs in the hall. I didn't believe them at first. I just thought they were joking on me, but sure enough there were small groups of tree frogs trapped in the building and they would be in the hallways in the mornings. I think one of the kids took them home.

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