Education: Something for George

When George Willis Spann went to work as a school janitor in Pueblo, Colo., he had no idea of staying long. "I figured I'd try it for 30 days," says he. "But then something happened." At the end of 30 days, George decided to try it for a year, and the years turned into decades. When anyone asked him why he stayed, George always had the same answer: "I got fascinated being with children."

The children of Pueblo also got fascinated being with "Pop" Spann. Each morning at opening time, he was there in his old striped trousers and black bow tie,...

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