By Jenelyn Russo
As the students of Star View Elementary in Midway City arrived back from their spring break, they were welcomed by some campus upgrades that undoubtedly made their return from vacation a little easier to take.
While the kids were enjoying time off last week, more than 125 volunteers were working to provide the school with a makeover as part of the Anaheim Ducks “Power PLAY!” project. Participants in the rejuvenation effort included Star View teachers and staff, along with Ducks and Honda Center staff members, season and premium seat holders, Ducks Power Players and volunteers from several of the Ducks corporate partners, including 7UP, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Deja Blue and Park West Companies.
The kindergarten through fifth grade student body made their way out to the playground Monday morning where a reveal unveiled the details of the beautification project, which featured a permanent street hockey rink, new trees and landscaping, painted wall murals and a new vegetable garden.
|“It’s fantastic for our children, as they learn at a young age who cares about them. For [the Ducks organization] to give back the way they do is just phenomenal.” |
As the kids gathered inside their new rink for an assembly, Ducks TV host Kent French was joined by Wild Wing and Ducks Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Aaron Teats, to dedicate the school’s newest playground space and congratulate the students on many future street hockey contests.
Ocean View School District Superintendant Dr. Carol Hansen and
President of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees Gina Clayton-Tarvin were both in attendance for the dedication ceremony and were overwhelmed by the generosity the Ducks and the Anaheim Ducks Foundation provided through the “Power PLAY!” project.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with community organizations, especially an organization as prominent as the Ducks, to provide things that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide for our students,” Hansen said. “Our schools really need the support of these organizations, and it shows the community their level of commitment in supporting the future of Orange County.”
“It’s fantastic for our children, as they learn at a young age who cares about them,” Clayton-Tarvin added. “For [the Ducks organization] to give back the way they do is just phenomenal.”
A long-time partner school in the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) Program, Star View Elementary has been an enthusiastic participant in many of the program’s education and physical fitness initiatives, including Reading is the GOAL, First Flight Field Trip and the S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey program. Through these initiatives, the S.C.O.R.E. Program positively impacts more than 30,000 students across Southern California annually.
Fourth grade teacher Leslie Flores has been instrumental in bringing the S.C.O.R.E. Program to Star View and has worked closely with the Ducks to show her students her love for hockey and learning through S.C.O.R.E.’s literacy, science and physical education programming.
“We’ve cultivated this relationship with the Ducks for nine years, and it’s taken off, from participating in the Reading is the GOAL program to where we are today,” Flores said. “We’ve gotten so much backing from the Ducks, and they’re such a wonderful organization. They really believe in education and supporting schools like Star View in every way they can. It’s been an amazing experience.”
|“I see the dark side of what some children face in life, things they should never have to face. So to see such positive things here today, where the kids can grow and thrive, you can’t put a price on that." |
Star View fourth grader Jacob Castillo is a member of the school’s street hockey team that participates in the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey program and is excited to be able to practice his hockey skills each day during recess.
“I think it’s really cool, especially since a lot of schools don’t have a hockey rink,” said 10-year old Jacob. “I’m glad that we got to be one of the schools to have a rink. I’m a big fan of the Ducks.”
Jacob’s father, Moses Castillo, serves as Star View’s PTO President, and as a LAPD detective who investigates crimes against children, Castillo has a unique perspective on the long-term benefits these types of investments in students can have on future generations.
“I see the dark side of what some children face in life, things they should never have to face,” Castillo said. “So to see such positive things here today, where the kids can grow and thrive, you can’t put a price on that.
“We are so grateful to the Anaheim Ducks organization for their support. It shows that they not only care about us, but they really love our community.”
In her fourth year as principal at Star View Elementary, Jamie Goodwyn has seen the impact the Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program has had on the student body and recognizes the legacy the “Power PLAY!” project upgrades will leave for future students.
“The partnership with the Ducks has been an amazing experience for our school, and it’s a great example of how teamwork can instill a love for hockey, reading and learning in our kids,” Goodwyn said.
Star View students had been previously playing street hockey at school by using a portable rink that would be assembled on the playground only a couple of days a week. Their new permanent rink ensures that all students will have a daily opportunity to try and play hockey.
“The rink is really going to be a benefit on our campus because the students love hockey so much that they want to play every day,” Goodwyn added. “Now they’ll have a system in place where they can do that. And that will just make their love for hockey grow.”
For more information on the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program, visit ducksscore.com.