July 2015 Around Town


Family Events at Corner
Canyon Academy

Corner Canyon Academy preschool hosted two events in May. First, preschoolers serenaded their mothers at an annual Mother’s Day Tea. After singing, the children gave their moms hand-made gifts and strawberry shortcake. Then, the school invited dads and grandpas to come help fill their flower beds with annuals. Kids had a great time planting and taking pride in the beautifying and upkeep of their school, before guzzling down root beer floats.

The Summer Library Program: Every Hero Has a Story

The annual Summer Library Program, Every Hero Has a Story, kicked off with a summer party on June 6. The event included live music, entertainers, activities, a giant inflatable playground, train rides and crafts for the kids. Every year, the fun day inspires kids’ reading all summer long. Sign up for the program throughout the month of July at the library, and take advantage of some ongoing activities as well–a “Candy Guessing Jar” runs until July 11, and a “Superheroes vs. Villains Quiz” runs until the 31st. SLCoLibrary.org.

Draper Police Run to Support Special Olympics

On May 5, members of the Draper Police Department participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Utah. Draper Officers and staff carried the “Flame of Hope” to Draper City Hall. The Draper Police Department supports Special Olympics Utah each year. The Torch Run is a large grass-roots fundraiser and helps raise public awareness for the Special Olympics, as well as funds to support local Special Olympic athletes. For more information on Special Olympics, visit SOUt.org.

CCHS LAX Takes State

The UHSLL Class A state championship game between the Park City Miners and Corner Canyon Chargers was everything the Utah lacrosse community was hoping for: tough defense, momentum swings, lead changes, big hits, and a one-goal margin of victory. Fueled by a big second quarter and a Zack Franckowiak hat trick, the Chargers took an early lead and their senior-laden defense was able to hold off Park City long enough for Corner Canyon to secure the state championship with a 9-8 victory. This is the first state championship for a boys team at the high school.

“A long time waiting,” smiled Corner Canyon head coach Mark Davis, “Garrett Bullet, Garrett Michaeli, Harry Waddoups, and Cole Parkinson–those four, when I first was a head coach…those were my four freshmen, and they’re seniors this year and the third time’s a charm. Unbelievable, I am so proud of what those boys did.” Article courtesy of Steve Nelson for Utah Lacrosse News.

Radkid at Treehouse

Want to know the totally rad thing to do this summer? Join Treehouse RadKid! Perfect for kids eight to 12 years who want to build confidence, get exercise and learn new skills. Activities will include running, jumping, obstacle courses, games, self-esteem, water and more! Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m. to noon through August 12. $99 regular price; $49 special for Draper residents. Special pricing for Treehouse members. Connect with Kendra at Treehouse to sign up or learn more,

New Orchestra Teacher at Draper Park Middle

Draper Park Middle School has hired a new band and orchestra teacher. Marcus Voght is set to begin teaching fall 2015. Voght is very excited to be a part of the school and invites all DPMS students to join the band and orchestra classes. “Students can learn to play all kinds of awesome instruments such as the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone, cello and others. Everyone at the school is welcome to join. It’s going to be super fun,” he says. To learn more, visit the new Draper Park Middle School music website at DraperParkMusic.org.

Great American Campout

Camp for a cause and help wildlife stay wild. National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is celebrating its 10th year of connecting people with the great outdoors. Nick Offerman, star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation, and spokesman for the cause, which is going on now and runs through Labor Day, jokes, “Of course it’s great. It’s camping, and it’s American.” To participate, NWF asks for an online pledge to camp this summer and provides all the information needed, including Great American Campout locations, tips on what to bring, lists of campout activities, recipes and more. Campers are encouraged to submit pictures to NWF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages #Campies. To register, go to

Alta High’s ‘Mr. L’ Is Canyons District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year

Matt Leininger’s energetic approach to teaching physics shows his students exactly how much they matter. His apparent dedication and care for students are just a few of the reasons that the Alta High educator, who is affectionately called “Mr. L” by casts of Hawks, has been selected as the 2015 Canyons District Teacher of the Year. Leininger, who also coaches robotics, swimming and tennis, was lauded during a ceremony hosted by the Canyons Board of Education.  He was selected from a field of 46 Teachers of the Year who had been nominated from every Canyons District school, including the academy at the Utah State Prison.