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“She takes the time to get to know the kids and parents at each stop...Marilyn brings a great attitude everyday and is happy greeting each child as they get on the bus, you can tell she enjoys doing what she's doing!” exclaimed Kristin Sare, mother of two boys from Eccles Elementary who ride Marilyn BigJohn’s rural bus route.


Sare nominated BigJohn to receive the Canby Educational Foundation’s (CEF) 2020-2021 HERO (Humble, Encouraging, Respectable, Outstanding) Award. The CEF board voted unanimously to award BigJohn with this coveted award.

HERO is an award presented to a community member with great passion, vision and generosity. Award recipients continually go above and beyond their call of duty while supporting education. The award is presented in recognition of former founding CEF Board Member Roger Reif. We honor Roger’s history of community support and involvement by selecting HEROs that emulate his benevolent nature.

CEF has made a $2500 donation to Eccles Elementary in Marilyn’s name. Her name will also appear on a traveling perpetual plaque that will be displayed at Eccles.

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