Mr. Rick Makes Excellent Happen

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Mr. Rick maintaining the outdoor space at the Frost Elementary School in Lawrence.

Safe and healthy play would not be possible at Frost Elementary School in Lawrence without Mr. Rick. For 10 years, Mr. Rick has been the custodian at Frost working hard to maintain the school’s play areas and ensure the safety of every student.

Mr. Rick is the first to arrive at school every morning–rain or shine (or snow!). During the fall, he rakes the leaves off of the blacktop so it doesn’t get slippery. After a rainy day, you can find him on the play structure drying the slides and monkey bars with his leaf blower. After every snowfall, Mr. Rick plows the whole play area and makes sure the blacktop is salted and ice-free.

The staff and administration have only positive things to say about Mr. Rick. According to Principal Sarah McLaughlin, “Rick is truly one of Frost School’s greatest strengths–he can fix anything, clean anything, organize anything, and still finds time to visit classrooms to connect with students and teachers.”

Just like all of us at Playworks, Mr. Rick loves seeing students playing games, enjoying the outdoor space, making friends, and having fun. You will always find Mr. Rick with a smile on his face, contributing to a positive and inclusive school environment.
We are grateful for rock star staff members like Mr. Rick whose hard work make Playworks programming possible.

Mr. Rick makes excellent happen at Frost by making sure the school and it’s students are safe and ready for play every day!

Mr. Rick knows it’s important to get outside and play–even in the winter!

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