Another day, another odd October holiday. Today we celebrate National Thank Your Cleaner Day. In these trying times of COVID-19, it is important that we take the extra steps to reach out and thank Messiah University’s cleaning staff. They have been working extremely hard in order to keep our campus clean so that students may remain here for as long as possible over the course of the semester.

Thank Your Cleaner Day was started in 2015 in New Zealand by the local trade organization for Building Services Contractors. Since then, the holiday has grown, becoming more successful each year. This year, 28 countries across the world are participating, including the United States.

On this day, the creators of the holiday want people to officially recognize the members of various cleaning staffs who work tirelessly in order to keep office spaces and public buildings a safe and sanitary environment.

As a junior working for campus events, Bekah Tschopp takes pride in her work and feels that keeping campus sanitary this year is quite a responsibility.

“Work is a time where I can clear my head and feel good about making Messiah a safer place to be,” Tschopp said. “Staying on campus is something that is important to a lot of students this semester, so I want to consider that and know my job is serving a greater purpose.”

As the world takes time today to say thanks to those who dedicate themselves to keeping our spaces clean, students and faculty should make sure to stop and thank any Messiah cleaning staff member that you see. Today is a day of recognition for them and all that they have done, both now and moving forward through the academic year.