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Collegewood Hosts Grand Slam Opening Day Ceremony

NEWS                                                               Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        880 S. Lemon Avenue
September 2, 2011                                       Walnut, CA 91789

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Collegewood Hosts Grand Slam Opening Day Ceremony

WALNUT, CA—Collegewood Elementary School students and staff gathered for the first official spirit day assembly of the 2010-12 school year.  

Students wore their spirit day t-shirts and carried baseball flags at the Opening Day rally held August 26.

Each classroom has been assigned a major league baseball team at the Walnut school.

“The baseball theme shows our students that we are all part of a team working together,” said Carolyn Wills, the school’s new principal. 

We'll be using this for playground behavior, and as an aid to developing personal and social skills, and to reinforce character traits, she said.

Collegewood Elementary students, staff, and parents demonstrate each day that “Good Character is a HIT’!” she said.

The campus adopted the school wide program about a decade ago, said fifth grade teacher Lori Huckler.  “It unites us.”

She led the annual ceremony as the “official baseball commissioner”.  And as she introduced each class, students waved their official team flags and cheered during the spirit competition.

First grade teacher Jane Dyer-Smith said school spirit was “sky high” when students saw the school’s Cougar mascot make his first appearance at an opening day ceremony.

Principal Wills threw the first pitch to 4th grade student Koa Matton signaling the official opening of the new school year.
Collegewood students from every class gathered to show off their school pride during the Opening Day ceremony.

First graders showed their school spirit with their Toronto Blue Jay flag and big smiles at the opening day ceremony.

Collegewood teacher and baseball commissioner Lori Huckler led the event with Principal Carolyn Wills and the Cougar mascot.

Principal Carolyn Wills invited all flag holders to assemble in front of students to show their school spirit

Principal Carolyn Wills threw the opening pitch for first spirit day assembly to fourth grade student Koa Matton.