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Anne Bangs, an instructional assistant at Canby High, is the September CARE Award recipient

It was in the halls of Canby High School last month where Canby School District Superintendent Trip Goodall and high school administrators surprised Anne Bangs with the Canby Area Recognition of Excellence Award.

Bangs, an instructional assistant who tutors students in science, was caught off guard, with mints in her mouth, but managed to utter that she loves her job.

Later that week, at the district board meeting, Bangs was honored again publicly. Goodall read a portion of the nomination, revealing that Bangs isn't your ordinary tutor.

"Anne has created an environment that encourages students to be successful in science. She has created curriculum books that have all of our lectures as well as quizzes and tests," the nomination read. "She has set up a system that teachers can drop off materials, and it is ready for the students when they arrive.

"She has to learn all of the science curriculum — from biology to physicals to chemistry and everything in between," the letter continued. "She helps the students in orthology, astronomy, field-to-table, world science. She loves what she does and it really shows."

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Anne Bangs shows off her CARE Award. With her are Canby High School Principal Greg Dinse (left) and Superintendent Trip Goodall.

High school Principal Greg Dinse took the chance to add a few words to honor Bangs.

"Anne, one of the things that I think is really a hallmark is how you put kids first," Dinse said. "And you're always there regardless of the kid, regardless of their need, and I know you can work outside of science sometimes. But you work there to help kids get through their classes, meet graduation requirements and help them be the most successful students they can be. And I really appreciate all the work you do."

Canby Kiwanis and Canby School District respond monthly to nominations like this one and give the CARE Award to teachers, counselors, coaches and other school staff who make a difference in the lives of others and in the community.

As this month's winner, at the meeting Bangs received a plaque and a gift basket from local businesses in recognition of her work. Local sponsors of the CARE Award include Canby Kiwanis, Hot Rod Dreamworks, State Farm Insurance-Matt Olsen, Columbia Bank, DirectLink, The Wild Hare, Backstop Bar & Grill, Rice Time, Gwynn's Coffeehouse, Swan Island Dahlias, Puddin' River Chocolates and Glenmore Farms.

To nominate someone who you believe is deserving of the CARE Award, nominations form can be found on the district's website here.

Kristen Wohlers
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