Pennsylvania Janitor Helps School Receive $48,000 in Tech Funding

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

There’s more to Dan Nelson’s job than a mop and a broom.

Nelson is the New Hanover School's head custodian, and his normal day includes the usual thankless cleaning and fix-up chores he’s grown accustomed to during his 12 years in the district.

But when a technology grant and national recognition became available, Nelson shifted gears and found a way to really clean up.

Last week, the small school won a $48,000 grant offered by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. And it was all thanks to an attention-grabbing essay written by Nelson, who happens to be a big NASCAR fan and an admirer of Johnson’s No. 48 car.

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