Way back when, when I was in college, a professor told us that the two people in a school that you NEED to be your best friends are the secretary and the custodian. They are the ones to go to if you need anything (and they kind of run the school, right?). Well my custodian is A-MAZ-ING! Seriouly, this is one woman you want to keep happy because she does an awesome job.
So to help her out, I have my students look for "Mystery Trash" every day right before they go home. I choose a piece of trash (or just something that needs to be picked up / put away) and whoever finds it get's a penny (I use fake coins as my incentives).
The kids LOVE it! I had no idea they would be so into picking up trash, but they do it every day and I've been told that I have the cleanest floors in the school. Give it a try - you won't be sorry!
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