Marianne Liu, a first-grader at Peruvian Park Elementary, was cheered by her classmates on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 when she was announced as the state winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest, a competition open to all K-12 students in the United States.

Click here to see a video of the announcement.

As the state winner for Utah, Liu has the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Later this month, she will fly with her family to New York City for the national awards ceremony.  
 
The overall winner, to be determined by online voting, will win the scholarship from Google and have his or her doodle featured on Google for a day in May.
Canyons District has agreed to endorse the philosophy behind and participate in “Stand4Change,” a national anti-bullying effort that will take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

On Friday, students, faculty, staff and parents nationwide are encouraged to take a stand against bullying and personally demonstrate a commitment to no longer tolerate bullying in our schools and communities. The school communities that have signed up to participate are urged on that day to stand and join hands at noon to show solidarity in the campaign to eradicate bullying in U.S. schools.
A student and parent with Canyons District ties have received awards from the Council for Exceptional Children, an organization for teachers and staff who work in Special Education.  
 
Andrew Mutters, a student in the Canyons Transition Academy, was awarded the Utah "Yes, I Can" award in the area of "Independent Living/Employment."
 
Mutters, who is in his second year of work with the Transition Academy, plans to graduate from high school in May. He wants to pursue his dream of going to college and becoming a science teacher.  
Canyons District's “More for 4” has been created to help parents of 4-year-old children learn quick, fun, and easy activities that will build excitement for kindergarten.
 
Please plan to join us at a More for 4 Parent Academy on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Altara Elementary, 800 E. 11000 South, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free.
 
"The aim of the More for 4 program is to work as partners with parents to support the growth of children in the areas of early literacy, numeracy, motor, language and social development so they can be successful in kindergarten," said Terri Mitchell, coordinator of Canyons' early childhood programs.
 
Mitchell says parents who attend the More for 4 Parent Academy are presented with tips to use in everyday life to prepare their children for school. For example, she says, parents could reinforce early knowledge of numbers and quantity by asking their child to count out five dinner plates in order to set the table. They also could ask their children to count the number of red cars they may see while running errands.
 
Both exercises are easy ways to help children learn about numbers and colors, she said. Participation in the More for 4 Parent Academy is not required. It is designed as a support for parents whose children will attend kindergarten in the coming year in Canyons School District.
 
Free, on-site child care is provided at the events, which are conducted in both English and Spanish.

Questions?  Please call the District's Office of Evidence-Based Learning at 801-826-5045.
Tanner Jones couldn’t help but check his e-mail every 5 minutes last Friday.

April 20 was the day the Alta senior was told he would receive a note indicating if he’d been selected as a 2012 Coca-Cola Scholar. The prize: a $20,000 scholarship.

The message he was waiting for pinged his in-box right before he arrived at the Hawks’ Friday baseball game — and it was worthy of a smile. Indeed, Jones had been selected as one of 50 students in the U.S. to receive the prestigious award.

Celebration of the good news, of course, included ice-cold Cokes.

Jones, an Alta High student body officer, was one of two Canyons students who had been named a finalist in the 24th annual scholarship program. Hillcrest senior Nikos Liodakis joined Jones on the list of 253 students nationwide who were being considered for the top awards. Only two other Utah students were named finalists.

The finalists receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete to become one of the 50 students to receive the $20,000 scholarships. The final stages of the competition occur at an all-expenses-paid trip to Coca-Cola’s Georgia headquarters. There, the finalists are interviewed by Coca-Cola executives and participate in a service project.

They also are the guests of honor at the Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet, which this year featured an onstage question-and-answer session with Coca-Cola Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent and Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.

Jones, who at 18 already owns and operates a dozen vending machines throughout Salt Lake and Davis counties, said the executives who interviewed him asked about his experiences with the Boys Scouts of America, including his efforts to become an Eagle Scout, and the initiatives Alta’s student leaders launched to unify the school and enhance the school’s reputation in the community.

Jones plans to defer his scholarship for two years while he completes a mission in Mendoza, Argentina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return, he will attend Brigham Young University.