The Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad honored a woman who works tirelessly behind the scenes yet always manages to greet guests who come into her school with a smiling face.
"I saw on the news that you were looking for special administrative assistants," said Tara Lynch, who was behind this week's nomination. "And she's the best!"
Lynch was referring to Nancy Robbin, an administrative assistant at the Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School in Bloomfield.
Wednesday was National Administrative Professionals Day. So the Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad thought it would be special to honor someone in that field.
Lynch saw the squad's plea and nominated Robbin.
"I was stunned and surprised, but really happy that she was going to be recognized," Lynch said.
Robbin has been an administrative assistant at the school for nearly a decade.
"I've had friends that are educators come to this school and they say, you have an incredible person up front there," said Lisa Eells, principal of the Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School.
When the squad arrived at the school, they had the staff use the phone to call Robbin to the front desk.
"I don't know what on earth is going on," Robbin said.
When she arrived, the jig was up and the cat was out of the bag.
The squad read her some of the words from her nomination.
"She's always humble, never expecting any praise for anything," Eells said. "She just has it in her heart to do good all the time."
Then, it was the squad's turn to do something good.
It gave her a bouquet of fruit and a gift card so she and her husband could enjoy a night on the town. The big surprise, however, was the spa day.
"It's amazing," Robbin said. "[It's] overwhelming."
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