Town Recognizes Head Custodian

Not all heroes wear capes, have fancy titles, or drive convertible cars that transform into jets at the push of a button. Instead, many are everyday hard-working men and women often overlooked by society who play vital roles that make us safe and productive.

Raymond Brown is one of these heroes. He is the head custodian at White Oak Elementary in Edenton, North Carolina. When Brown did not win the North Carolina School Hero Award he was nominated for last year, one determined parent was committed to organizing the community to show Brown how much they cared.

Adrian Wood’s son, Amos, has formed a special bond with Brown over the years. Because of Amos’ autism, he sometimes has difficulty connecting with others and making friends. However, when it came to Brown that was no obstacle.

“He got attached to me and I got attached to him, so I gave him the name Famous Amos,” Brown told WRAL.

When the other children at the school noticed Amos had developed a close relationship with Brown, Amos’ popularity sky-rocketed.

“[Mr. Brown] welcomed my son,” Wood told WITN. “And when the most popular man in school gives you a nice nickname, it draws other children in. All the kids started talking to him. Even now, if you walk down the hall, you’ll hear children say, ‘There’s Famous Amos! Hey, Famous Amos!’ And as a mom of a child with a disability, there’s nothing more I want in the world to include him.”

Wood was disappointed by the news that Brown had been passed over for the NC Heroes Award. Using her Facebook blog, Tales of an Educated Debutante, Wood raised approximately $35,000 from nearly 2,000 people around the globe for Brown.

During a surprise party for Brown, which happened to coincide with he and his wife’s 38th wedding anniversary, the Mayor of Edenton, the Browns’ grown children, parents of the school, Miss North Carolina, and the chief of police presented Brown a $35,000 honorarium dubbed “The Famous Amos Award.”Wood told WITN, “I just hope that people will look around and see…it’s not hard to do—it’s not hard to be kind and it’s not hard to recognize kindness.”

Source: WXII 12