Goal! Canyons School District students scored big this year with a back-to-school kick-off with professional Real Salt Lake and Monarchs soccer players.
With smiles and high five’s, pro athletes Aaron Herrera, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Rhys Williams, Konrad Plewa, and David Diosa brought added cheer to the first day of school as they encouraged students to set new goals and reach for new heights.
“It means so much to the kids to have these role models here,” said Altara Elementary Principal Nicole Svee-Magann who joined Aaron Herrera and a paparazzi of parents, teachers and staff in extending a red-carpet welcome to hundreds of Kittyhawks.
Board of Education members, Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, School Resource Officers and central-office staff also joined in the fun, setting a celebratory tone for the 2018-2019 school year, Canyons District’s 10th, and reinforcing for students that our schools are welcoming safe havens for learning.
“It’s so important that our students connect with school in a way that makes them feel supported, inspired and part of something bigger than themselves,” says Superintendent Briscoe. “School should be a place for courageous exploration, finding friends, and connecting with knowledge and ideas.”
Pom-poms and school mascots were a common sight at schools. All students were given free pencils. The Mount Jordan Mountaineers were announced like royalty as they entered the school’s front doors, and newcomer Alta High Hawks were hailed by student leaders holding welcome signs. At Corner Canyon, Student Body Officers were interviewed by FOX13 for a story to urge teens and parents to drive safe and keep an eye out for buses and pedestrians.
“This is culture-building,” remarked an Alta High parent on Twitter. “Thanks to all who put such thought into my son’s first day of high school. It’s a great day to be a Hawk!”
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