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Stacey Jones and Kylie McGill

After Stacey Jones had finished three years of high school in Rogue River, her family moved to Denver. "I couldn't deal with the huge school," says Jones, who returned to Oregon on her own to work and earn a GED at the Angel Job Corps Center on the coast. She also met and married Jason Jones. The couple lived in Lincoln City and Medford before moving to Eugene in 1998. "I did clerical work for Harry and David," she says. "I didn't like sitting eight hours a day." Jones found more amenable work as a custodian in the 4J School District. "My second interview was at Edison School," she says. "I walked in the door and loved the place." After eight years on evening shift at Edison, she became head custodian last fall. With help from parent Susan Daniel and student volunteers like fourth-grader Kylie McGill, Jones launched a composting program for lunchroom scraps on Earth Day. "I was appalled at how much food is thrown away," she says. "We've gathered more than 700 pounds since April. The kids separate out fruits and veggies and recycle plastics before they go out to play."

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 19 June 2008

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