Turning 90 on Saturday, Scott of Gordon County has been working at the school for the past 15 years.
“I really enjoy my job at W.L. Swain. I’m not here for the money. It’s because I love the children,” Scott said.
He spent the morning opening up $100 Visa gift cards in front of family members and faculty, staff and students at W.L. Swain Elementary in the cafeteria.
Students in all grade levels sat packed together at tables and waved upon his arrival. Teary-eyed teachers, faculty and staff stood lined up alongside the wall. His family sat in the front row as the birthday celebration began with some words of thanks from Principal Gina McDaniel.
“I just thank God for you and that you’re still healthy,” she said.
While Scott is the primary caretaker of the school, McDaniel pointed out that he also takes care of his coworkers.
“Mr. Scott prayed for a fellow custodian that had lung cancer. We appreciate you for all that you do,” she said.
In honor of his birthday, the lunchroom staff prepared a chocolate cake for everyone at the school to enjoy for the occasion. Students also wore birthday stickers.
“I am sure proud of my life. Everyday I wake up and I say this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Everyday I thank the Lord that I can work,” said Scott.
At the end of the birthday celebration, students handed Scott handmade birthday cards and gave him hugs, and were then dismissed back to class.