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Teacher Appreciation in Full Bloom

| Canyon Country Magazine | May 10, 2019

by Karen Goodspeed

Canyon High School celebrated Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week earlier this month with the help of event stylist and owner of Trightymite Events, Dan Bennett. He helped to transform the office at Canyon High into a magnificent spring garden, complete with handmade trees of wisteria vines and a mural made up of a field of blooming tulips.

Bennett has been a resident of Canyon Country since 1967. Originally a chief information officer for several large banks, he discovered his natural talent and passion for event planning after hosting many birthday parties over the years for his daughter, Nicole.

With the mindset of wanting to create something spectacular while working within a budget, Bennett says, “I utilized my skill set in technology, business management and good, old-fashioned hammer-and-nails mixed with a creative mind to allow for a dream event to become a reality.”

The same skill sets are used for every special event he brings to life. His experiences and successes in the highly stressful banking world have prepared him for the logistical side of event planning, including working with a budget. That, coupled with his innate imaginativeness, is what allows each of his events to be not only unique, but affordable.

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Through his work at Trightymite Events, Bennett has been giving back to the community, a tribute to his mother, who was a founding member of the Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour and a PTA president at Sulphur Springs Community School. In fact, it was her efforts that placed fencing between the elementary school’s playground and the railroad tracks behind it.

Bennett honors his mother, who he lost to cancer at age 16, with his own involvement in the same schools he and his daughter attended. He has planned and designed several father-daughter dances and Teacher Appreciation Week events over the years for Sulphur Springs. And this year he eagerly helped to make the Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Canyon a truly memorable one.

From Martha Michael:

CHS Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 2019
After bringing back a week of Teacher and Staff Appreciation festivities a few years ago, chairperson Karen Goodspeed brought her signature flair to the annual event earlier this month.

Parents provided breakfast for staff and teachers every day, including pancakes and made-to-order omelets. And on Friday, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) brought lunch for CHS personnel.

There was outside support, including free meals for all 177 Canyon employees from Presto Pasta and huge discounts from Trightymite Events and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Parents of Canyon High School students donated enough gift cards to award a dozen a day to raffle-winning staff members and one parent baked 150 cupcakes for the luncheon.

“Multiple parents were chipping in and participating,” Goodspeed said. “It’s amazing, because all you do is set up a table of donuts and coffee and they’re all so appreciative.”

Back at ya, Karen Goodspeed. The parents, teachers and staff at Canyon High School have appreciated your many years of service. You will be missed!

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