It has become a tradition for Canby Superintendent Trip Goodall to visit one of Canby's schools to present the monthly CARE Award to a deserving staff member.
This month, he journeyed out to Carus Elementary, where students flooded Lorin Hilger's fourth-grade classroom as she received the award.
"Tons of kids from other classes and teachers came in wanting to be a part of recognizing what a terrific teacher Lorin is," Goodall said. "Family was there. I thought that was really great."
Each month, Canby Kiwanis and Canby School District honor a district staff member with this CARE Award. Canby Kiwanis established it to provide opportunities to recognize individual teachers, counselors, coaches and other school staff who make a difference in the lives of others and in the community.
The prospective recipients must be nominated, and the honoree is then decided by a CARE committee made up of members from Kiwanis and the community.
Hilger was nominated by Carus parent Shelly Vissers.
After the surprise in her classroom, Hilger was also honored at the monthly school board meeting.
"When we get a nomination from a parent, to me, that's one of those opportunities to recognize," Goodall said during the award presentation. "There's not just one parent that probably wants to make that nomination, but I'm sure many."
"We are just so proud of the work you're doing and we appreciate it," he added.
Carus Principal Sam Thompson also took the opportunity to praise Hilger.
"I was just looking at your walls, and I realized in looking at your walls, it really conveys a lot of why you got this," Thompson said. "What I saw when I looked at your walls is you have such a positive classroom climate and you work so, so hard for each child in your room; and you give them opportunities to do that for each other and to be positive for each other.
"You work so hard to continue to get better at your craft," he continued, "and it really shows."
Hilger received a plaque and rewards from local businesses in recognition of her efforts. Local sponsors of the CARE Award include Canby Kiwanis, Columbia Bank, DirectLink, The Wild Hare, Backstop Bar & Grill, Rice Time, The Human Bean, Cutsforth's Thriftway, Gwynn's Coffeehouse, and Team Spirit.
To nominate someone for the CARE Award, nomination forms can be found on the district's website here.