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New Hampshire

September 9, 2011

Pollard School custodian celebrated on last day

PLAISTOW — It was Bob Crossman Day at Pollard School yesterday.

Crossman has been the custodian at Pollard School for 27 years, and yesterday the entire school celebrated his retirement.

For his last day, the school threw him a party, according to principal Michelle Gaydos.

"Classes are coming through, reading poems, giving him drawings and singing," she said. "The kids all brought in a quarter and we bought golf lessons, golf tees and a golf bucket filled with gifts for him."

Crossman said he was overwhelmed by the attention from the whole school.

"I didn't expect it to be this big," he said. "It was a surprise. You retire and leave, and that's it. This is so great and I really appreciate it."

He said he plans to spend his retirement playing golf, doing yard work and spending time with his family, including his wife, mother-in-law and grandson, who were at the school yesterday to help celebrate.

Crossman sat in a chair in front of a big sign that read "Bob Crossman Day" with a picture of him wearing a crown. As the kids filed through the hallway, each one handed him a card and hugged him, saying goodbye. One poem from a student read: "Oh Bob, don't leave your job. If you do, we are all going to sob."

Third-grader Eve Moranville said she's going to miss Crossman.

"I'm sad Bob's leaving because he was a good janitor," she said. "We gave him cards we made. I gave him a hug."

Second-grader James Collins said he also made Crossman a card.

"Mine said I hope you have a wonderful retirement," he said. "I'm going to miss him."

The students all wore sports jerseys yesterday because Crossman loves sports. The staff had a special dinner after school ended, serving hot dogs, Crossman's favorite food.

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