August 28, 2012, six hundred students and staff from Canyon Elementary sneaked into the gym during the morning announcements to surprise Mr. Harlan. When he walked in, everyone clapped and sang Happy Birthday. Mr. Harlan turned 50 on August 29th. A Happy Birthday banner was made for him showing pictures of him when he was in grade school. A group of students gave him a bouquet of black balloons and flowers and students and faculty wore black in honor of this momentous occasion.
Canyon Elementary is new to the Gold Medal Schools program this year and they have really taken it to heart. All year students and staff have been walking toward a goal of 20,000 miles. If you visited the school during a recess, you may have seen the third through sixth graders preparing for their Hershey Track Meet or kids jumping rope.
May 23, 2012, Mr. Harlan drew out two names of students to win $50 college savings certificates each. The college savings certificates were donated by the Ken Garff Road to Success reading program. During the year, students earned entry slips for the drawings by reaching their class monthly reading goals. The winners of the $50 college savings certificates were Brynn Anderson and Sydnee Slaymaker.
Pictured L-R: Brynn Anderson and Sydnee Slaymaker
May 22, 2012, Canyon Elementary held its annual 6th grade vs faculty kickball game. Other grades, 1st-5th, got to watch and cheer on their favorite team. Sixth-grade students won the game 16-8.