Custodian spreads kindness with signs, donations + positivity

Northside ISD elementary custodian goes the extra mile, earning her 'Innovator of the Year'

Custodian spends her own money for motivational signs, while collecting donations from local companies and she's always adding positivity to everyone's work day.
Custodian spends her own money for motivational signs, while collecting donations from local companies and she's always adding positivity to everyone's work day.

SAN ANTONIO – Margarita Santellanes is an employee with a work ethic that many could learn from.

“She gives 110% every day,” Northwest Crossing Elementary Principal, Priscilla Siano, said.

“Margie,” is what she’s known by, and at her school she is a grandmother to everyone.

“All it takes is time,” Santellanes said. “I know a lot of people through P.T.A. and all you have to do is ask and companies are willing to give to help the students.”

On her own time, Margie has collected supplies, bags and used clothing for kids in need in her community. She also has set-up motivational signs throughout the pandemic, making sure all the kids feel special when they drive by her school.

“We got a lot of compliments from families when they saw all those signs Margie put up,” Siano said. “She just made them all feel so special.”

Margie says this school year may be different, but she plans on continuing her positive gestures and she knows that the children are depending on her team to keep them safe.

“I look at them as my own grandchildren,” she said. “We need to make sure they are safe here.”


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Jennifer Tobias-Struski loves her hometown of San Antonio, and is proud to celebrate it every day working on SA Live. The Emmy-Award winning producer hosts the Mom-Day series, featuring fun, family-themed segments from crafting to fashion hacks every Monday.