Gilbertsville - Mount Upton
Central School District

Summer Worker program marks 22nd year

Five GMU seniors-to-be spent their summer working 20 hours a week with the school staff, cleaning and painting classrooms and offices, moving furniture and equipment, and helping with general building and grounds maintenance.

The Summer Workers program was created by Director of Facilities Alan Digsby, who started employing student s to help with the upkeep of the 144,000-square-foot school in the summer of 1997.

Students are eligible for the program after their junior years and must apply for the job and interview with Digsby.

Some students even continue in the program for a second year, during the summer after they graduate from GMU, Digsby said.

This year’s student workers in the 8-week program were Kathryn Hawkins, Simon Dear, Austin Oliver, Hunter Christian and Shawn Doherty.

One of the supervisors of the program is Pam Davis, who works during the school year as an aide in grades 3 and 4.  She said she loves working with the summer students. “It’s always been my thing, working with kids,” she said. “This summer program is a lot of fun. And these kids are great.” 

“I’d never get all of this school clean without the help of the summer kids,” Digsby added.

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