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Tarver Elementary celebration emphasizes building dreams at a young age

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  • Katie Francis/Cartwright Elementary School District


Geologists, robotics engineers, artists and many other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) related careers made an appearance during the 15th Annual Tarver Day Celebration at Bret R. Tarver Elementary School.

Each year, students and teachers of Tarver convene to celebrate the birthday of the school’s namesake through an assembly and parade.

This year the theme, “Building Dreams – STEAMING Ahead,” acknowledged all of the possibilities that are open to the students through these areas of study.

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Some students celebrated careers in art.

They learned about the innovation and determination it took for Bret R. Tarver to achieve his goals as a heroic firefighter. Tarver died responding to an arson fire on 35th Avenue and McDowell in March 2001. The elementary school uses his birthday to remember his legacy.

Students also learned about famous inventors, scientists, musicians and artists – people who have made significant contributions to our society.

“At Tarver we utilize our mission statement to set and achieve goals,” principal Dr. Joy Weiss said. “It emphasizes success, hard work, inspiration and motivation. This year we developed our Tarver Days theme to reflect that through the STEAM programs. It is important that our students set and achieve goals so they can envision big things happening in their future. Through this our students can and will become college and career ready.”

The fun part of the celebration occurred when students donned their parade costumes and marched around campus for parents, teachers and visitors to cheer. Creativity abounded with students representing careers in botany, meteorology, marine biology, music and technology.

The Cartwright Elementary School District No.83, located in the West Valley, serves more than 19,000 students in 20 elementary schools.

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Classes represented different careers. These students represented marine biologists.

Cartwright School District is a community of learners with a focus on results collaborating to the unique learning needs of every child by closing the achievement gap and exceeding state and national standards.

Learning for All, Every Child, Every School, Every Day.

For more information, visit the district’s website,