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Milestone for Myles at Head Start School
Greg Myles recently received a 10-year employee pin from Mike Burke, chief executive officer for Community Concepts of Oxford County, is recognition for his work for the Chisholm Head Start School in Rumford. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Greg Myles loves his job at the Chisholm Head Start School.
As a custodian, he shows enthusiasm for what he does and attention to detail, as well as caring for the teachers and the youngsters they teach.
On March 9, Community Concepts and faculty at the school held a recognition ceremony for Greg, highlighted by the presentation of a 10-year employee pin to Greg from Mike Burke, chief executive officer for Community Concepts of Oxford County.
"I wasn't expecting this. I'm overwhelmed!" said the teary-eyed Greg. "I appreciate working here. I appreciate what you've done for me."
Then, looking at the new Head Start t-shirt he was sporting, noted, "And I appreciate the shirt. It fits wonderful on me."
Greg continued, "I was shocked. Thank you so much!"
Teachers talked about what his duties are, which include washing the floors, cleaning the bathroom, raking the grounds. Greg also wipes down handles and door knobs in the school, doing what he can to keep the children safe.
"You do lots of favors for us. You clean my mirror and change the towels for the paper towel holder," noted one teacher.
Greg, a person with a big heart, also has kind words for everyone. He admitted the hard part is being quiet. "I've done a very good job this past week and kept very quiet!"
A special guest was Norma Atkinson, who taught a college course from the Progress Center to Greg about independent living. "When he got his own apartment, I was the advocate for the family. He's very successful because he's got a supportive family."
Also present was Sandra Hebert, who shared Greg's interests outside of work, which include activities with Special Olympics. He's a longtime member of the swim team, cross-country skiing, bowling and bocce.
Burke noted that while Greg was surprised by the recognition ceremony, he was aware about the 10-year pin.
"He knew he was close. He kept calling me over the phone about it," he said.
Burke also shared that when Community Concepts began Chisholm Head Start at the York Street location back in the mid-1980's, Greg did work here as a volunteer to assist with the move into the building.
The ceremony concluded with Greg being led to a table that included all his favorite foods.
Asked why he likes to work, Greg said, "It keeps my mind occupied. I want to stay here as long as I can."