Leamington school caretaker receives Morrisons Community Star Award - The Leamington Observer

Leamington school caretaker receives Morrisons Community Star Award

MORRISONS in Leamington has awarded its annual Community Star Award to a ‘local legend’.

The store gives out awards to celebrate the amazing work people do in the community each year. The award was created by community champion Alex Pearson three years ago to see who in the local community goes above and beyond.

This year Alex awarded Paul Swaby from Coten End the Community Star Award for his amazing dedication to the school.

Paul is the school cleaner and caretaker, but the most important part of his role is the beginning and end of the school day when he keeps the school entrance safe and meets and greets all the children and parents.

He ensures nobody drives into the car park and fist pumps and high fives all the children and calls everyone ‘Captain’.

He himself is affectionately known as Captain in the school community.

Sarah Sheepy, Head teacher at Coten End, said “Paul is relentless, cheerful and caring and always cheers the children up at the start of the day. Recently he saved a toddler from cycling out into the road by his quick thinking and selfless behaviour. He is an absolute legend.”

Alex from Morrisons said: “It was amazing to see so many amazing nominations and it is so hard to pick one. When we went to give

Paul aka Captain his award I got to see first hand how he greets every single student and parent. If you were just walking to work or walking your dog you got a hello and even high school children were waving back. To see the smile on the children’s faces as they walk up to the school gates you could see how much he means to them.

“Morrisons is all about acts of kindness and seeing Paul just smiling and waving shows that a small act of kindness does go a long way.

“It was great to see the year 5 students see Captain get his award as it proved by their reaction that he is a true Leamington Legend.”

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