Foothills Elementary honors longtime custodian on journey to US citizenship

Jan 22, 2024, 10:41 PM | Updated: Jan 23, 2024, 6:48 am

RIVERTON — There was a heartwarming surprise assembly at Foothills Elementary School in Riverton on Monday.

The school community came together to celebrate the remarkable journey of their longtime custodian, Favio Gonzalez, and his wife. The couple recently passed their U.S. citizenship tests.

Principal Abram Yospe shared the school’s admiration for Gonzalez, not only as an excellent custodian but also as an outstanding individual. The surprise assembly aimed to shower him with love and appreciation from the entire student body.

As the students filed into the assembly, Yospe could barely contain his excitement.

“We love Favio so much,” Yospe said. “We are so excited for him.”

The unsuspecting Gonzalez had no idea that the gathering was in his honor.

The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as the assembly began. The surprise was unveiled as the students chanted “Favio, Favio,” upon his entrance. The joyous occasion left Joseph Gonzalez, Gonzalez’s son, in disbelief.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Joseph Gonzalez said. “The amount of kids there, the love, the support.”

‘A special person’

Yospe shared his sentiments about Favio Gonzalez’s popularity at Foothills.

“He’s just a special person,” Yospe said. “He’s so beloved. There’s not a person in the school that doesn’t love Favio.”

The assembly included a touching message from Favio Gonzalez to the students, emphasizing the possibilities that hard work can bring.

“It’s possible. You work, work, work, it’s possible,” he said.

The fifth graders also sang some patriotic songs and Yospe presented Favio Gonzalez with a framed American flag, a Uruguayan flag and some other gifts.

“My dad is just the best,” Joseph Gonzalez said, encapsulating the sentiment shared by the entire Foothills Elementary community.

Monday wasn’t about work; it was about celebrating the newest U.S. citizen at Foothills Elementary, a man who, through dedication and hard work, exemplifies the American dream. The surprise assembly not only recognized Favio Gonzalez’s achievement but also highlighted the tight-knit and supportive community that is Foothills Elementary.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Officials urge people to stay away from high-running waters, and to implement systems to avoid floo...

Shelby Lofton

Safety and flood warnings near rivers, reservoirs hit capacity

Heavy snow two years in a row left reservoirs filled to the brim. Now, high temperatures are making rivers more active than usual. Here is how you can keep your home and family safe this summer.

20 minutes ago

Signs advertising fresh fruit and vegetables along Box Elder County's Fruit Way along Highway 89....

Alex Cabrero

Utah farmers say a strong winter has led to an amazing crop season

Fruit and vegetable farmers in northern Utah are saying this crop season might be one of the best in recent memory.

21 minutes ago

Former President Donald Trump gestures after speaking during the North Carolina Republican Party Co...

Samuel Benson, Deseret News

Poll: Trump leads big among Utah voters; Biden, Kennedy tied

After viewing both Trump and Biden unfavorably in August, most Utahns now see Trump favorably

1 hour ago

Temperatures officially hit 100 degrees in Salt Lake City Thursday for the first time this year, wh...

Lindsay Aerts

Salt Lake sees first 100-degree day, here’s how it’s measured

Temperatures officially hit 100 degrees in Salt Lake City Thursday for the first time this year. The measuring of the temperature isn’t as cut and dry as you might think.

1 hour ago

Teachers at Utah’s largest high school are done taking away cell phones from students. Instead, t...

Erin Cox

No more taking phones from students, Granger High School implementing new policy this fall

Teachers at Utah’s largest high school are done taking away cell phones from students. They’re trying something new in the Fall, and if they’re successful, other schools might do the same.

1 hour ago

(FILE) An audiologist preforming an a  hearing test. (KSL TV)...

Emma Benson

Listen up! The health consequences of untreated hearing loss

Around 600,000 people in Utah have hearing loss, but many may not realize they do until they're tested and how it can affect their health.

2 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Foothills Elementary honors longtime custodian on journey to US citizenship