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Eugene Hinton, Custodian, superhero

Third Graders Surprise Custodian with ‘Superhero’ Party

Eugene Hinton, a custodian at Moody Elementary School in Alabama, was brought to tears after a gymnasium of third graders surprised him with gifts of gratitude on Oct. 2 for National Custodian Day.

Hinton was called to the gym by Andrea Tatum, a third grade, under the pretense of cleaning up after a child who had an accident, according to a video shared by Now This, an American liberal website and media company.

He unexpectedly overwhelmed when walked into a surprise party of cheering students there to honor him for being a “superhero.”

Hinton, a father of five, has worked at Moody Elementary for two years and cleans up after close to 1,000 students daily.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.