Sunshine: Tuesday December 10, 2013

Billy T —  Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Custodian_Clark-LifeChangerAwardPerhaps no adult employed at Trinity High School has had more influence over students or changed more young lives than Charles Clark, the school’s custodian. Clark has mentored countless kids in need of a father figure at the Texas high school, even housing several of them in his home over the years.

In the beginning, he took the custodial position thinking he would keep it until he found something better, but 24 years later, he still hasn’t found it.

Now Clark. 63, has bested more than 400 teachers, administrators and school district employees from 33 states to become the “LifeChanger of the Year” Grand Prize Winner.

The national award honors outstanding educators and school district employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Stephanie Millar, a teacher who is now the assistant principal, has witnessed Clark’s calming attitude that allows “each student the time to talk and find ways to make better decisions.”

As the LifeChanger of the Year Grand Prize Winner for 2012-2013, Mr. Clark was awarded with $10,000 — half of which was donated to Trinity High School — and was invited to join the Cabot Community Celebrity Cruise in January 2014.