A former school custodian who later became head of the organization representing Utah's classified school employees has been honored by the Utah Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Ray Holt, who retired this year after a lifetime career in the schools, received the PTA's Outstanding Friend to Children award as the organization began its annual convention this week. More than 1,700 delegates are meeting through Saturday in the Salt Palace.Others to be honored Friday evening during a banquet are Dwan Young, former general president of the Primary Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Lenora Plothow, former president of the Utah PTA, who will receive Outstanding Friend to Children awards.

An honorary life membership will be given to Peter Scarlet, Tribune education editor.

Outstanding educators also will be recognized, including Clair M. Hollingsworth, a Lewiston Elementary School teacher, Outstanding Contribution to Education, elementary teacher; Irene McKay, East High School mathematics teacher, Outstanding Contribution to Education, secondary teacher; John Gardner, principal, Jordan Valley School, Midvale, Outstanding Contribution to Education, principal; Brenda Anthony, president, Cache Council PTA, Outstanding Council Award; Christy Johnson, president, Whittier Elementary PTA, Outstanding Local Unit Award.