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Community unites to welcome incoming freshmen as their high school careers begin.

School starts Sept. 6, but Canby High School leaders hope students will stop by for a burger before that.

With help from local partners, the school is hosting a back-to-school event from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, for the entire school community to welcome incoming freshmen, enjoy a meal together, and hold an open house. Burgerville donated 1,000 burgers for the event and Cutsforth's Market 1,200 cookies. With donations from the CHS Booster Club and Sysco as well, they'll be serving burgers, chips, cookies and water to families who attend.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY SCHOOL DISTRICT - From left, Canby High Associate Principals Ben Winegar, Megan Jackson and Kimie Carroll and Principal Cari Sloan will be part of a freshman welcome event Aug. 31 at the high school. Donations by Burgerville, Cutsforth's Thriftway and other community partners will be part of the fun. "I knew the Canby community was generous. I've always known that," Associate Principal Kimie Carroll said, "but they're just stepping right up and not asking for anything in return. It's just thrilling. The support just makes you want to cry because it's such a good place to be." The welcome event is from 4 to 5 p.m. Families should meet near the stadium for special activities for incoming freshmen including tours and a question-and-answer session.

Then comes the meal for the first 1,000 people from 5 to 6 p.m., and the open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m., when families will have the chance to talk with teachers in different departments and gather information from community partners like The Canby Center, Student Transportation of America and the district's nutrition services department.

Students and families also can greet new principal Cari Sloan, who was formerly an associate principal at the school, along with returning associate principals Carroll and Ben Winegar and new Associate Principal Megan Jackson.

The building itself will look slightly different as demolition has taken place at the back of the building near the stadium in preparation for the new 50,000-square-foot science and general education wing made possible through passage of the 2020 bond.

Construction will continue until the wing's anticipated completion in fall 2023. The community can watch the construction progress in real time online at

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