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MLK Spirit Award Goes to Retired Pasco Teacher

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PASCO, Wash-- A retired Pasco teacher is honored with the Martin Luther King Junior Spirit Award.

Angie Ash was recognized Monday during Columbia Basin College's 18th Bell Ringing Ceremony.

They rang gold bells to celebrate the memory and the messages Dr. King junior spread across our nation and the world. One local teacher was recognized for helping continue his legacy.

"I was mostly just an encourager. I wanted to encourage them in anything they want to pursue in school or in life," said Ash.

Ash worked for the Pasco School District for 31 years. She retired in 2004 as a fifth grade teacher. When she started teaching it never seemed possible to her that a black man would become president.

"Everything that you believed in or you tried to inspire your children has become real. They feel that they can become president or even that they can pursue their wildest dreams," said Ash.

One of her former students brought his twin daughters who presented flowers.

"It's not easy being in the education system, you know and I know, she was like my brothers teacher, my sisters teacher, also she really helped us out as far as skills and succeeding," said Skyler Bitten.

His daughters aren't old enough to understand who the president is, but as they grow up he knows they will learn they can do anything.