On Friday, August 26th approximately 1,000 attendees comprised of students from both Mountain View Elementary and Glendale Middle School, along with their families and members of the local community participated in an evening of food, games, and fun on the Mountain View playground. Families enjoyed a pre-prepared dinner catered by the Utah Food Bank. Afterwards the participants were treated to more than enough sweets, such as fresh snow cones and hand-spun cotton candy, to ensure a sugar rush to last them through the evening.
This event was a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with many of the Mountain View and Glendale teachers along with campus partners to learn more about the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
“The campus back to school carnival is intended to help build relationships between families and school staff and to also help inform them of the wonderful programs and supports that exist in their community, both here on our campus and in other key community locations in Glendale.” -Keri Taddie, The Community Learning Center Coordinator.
Much of the school staff supported the event and directly contributed to the overall success of the carnival. Faculty and staff could be found in the schoolyard volunteering with activities such as supervising the events and games to making balloon animals, and even going as far as taking turns in the dunk tank, including Principals Ken Limb from Mountain View and Chris Gesteland from Glendale.
Partners included: Community Health Centers Incorporated, Molina, Utah Food Bank, Glendale & Mountain View PTO, Youth Empowerment Program, Glendale and Mountain View after school programs, Bad Dog Art, Hartland Community 4 Youth and Families, Gifted Music School, Glendale Library, English Skills Learning Center, Friends for Sight, Big Brother Big Sister of Utah, Head Start, University of Utah Center for Latin American Studies, Running Forward, Comunidades Unidas, Utah Reads- Bennion Community Service Center, University of Utah, Youth City, Synergy in Action, NeighborWorks