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Press Release: March 18, 2009

logo_color-vertCanyons School District
2415 E. 7600 S.
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Jennifer Toomer-Cook
Communications Director
(801) 501-1015 office
(801) 631-3484 cell


Canyons School District Unveils
Community-Inspired Logo

Sandy, Utah, March 18, 2009 – The Canyons Board of Education Tuesday evening unveiled its community-inspired official logo, complete with a mountain landscape, rising sun, and open book to illustrate the focus on learning and transparency in government embraced by Utah’s newest school district.

“The design brings together not only the concepts of the six community design finalists, but symbols of the creation of our district, and our emphasis on learning and open book transparency,” Board President Tracy Cowdell said. “We thank the designers and the community design finalists for their creativity and for inspiring ths clean and professional image for our new district.”

Canyons School District last fall invited the community to submit design concepts to help the district create an official logo. In all, 432 adults and children submitted designs. Last month, the board honored six finalists based on their designs’ uniqueness, creativity and vision for the new district.

The finalists’ concepts were submitted to an online, global “crowd sourcing” network. Canyons District posted the six finalists’ designs with instructions to use them as inspiration for an official district logo. Designers viewed the posting, then submitted and perfected their work using suggestions from the District Office. In all, Canyons District was able to choose from more than 170 designs and variations. The winning design was created by artists from Tennessee and Mexico City.

The logo brings together many concepts seen in the six finalists’ designs. The dawn breaking over the mountain peaks is a symbol for the district’s creation and the light that education brings to our community. The open book symbolizes not only Canyons District’s focus on learning, but the open manner in which the district will conduct the public’s business.

The Board of Education on Tuesday officially approved the new logo, and honored the six finalists with a framed picture of their designs and the final product.

About Canyons School District
In November 2007, voters in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy created the first new school district in Utah in nearly 100 years. The seven-member Board of Education, sworn in July 15, 2008, adopted the name Canyons School District following a public naming contest. Canyons School District will begin offering services July 1, 2009.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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