Last month, I had a meal at a crowded McDonald's outlet in Clementi. There was only one cleaner on duty at that time, and she was struggling to clear the trays as quickly as possible.
She approached a group of students who were about to leave. As she reached out to clear their trays, they smiled at her and insisted on clearing the trays on their own.
After that, they thanked her and I saw her smiling.
Often, we do not realise that cleaners play a big role in our society. Simple gestures such as helping to clear our own trays, smiling at them and wishing them "good day" are enough to make them feel appreciated.
Schools can hold events to allow students to show their appreciation for cleaners. The students can clean their schools for the day and let the cleaners have a day off. This will certainly be a rewarding experience for both the cleaners and the students.
Noor Aishah Hamzah (Miss)
This article was first published on June 06, 2014.
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