Raising Money for Mrs. Walker and Cancer Research

As you know our beloved Shae Walker passed away in March from cancer. Our school had an amazing opportunity to help raise money on her behalf. Thanks to your generosity, we earned over $800, which is more than enough money to buy the brick paver stating her name for the Hunstman Cancer Institute “Walk of Hope” pathway. Your love for Shae Walker was definitely felt. We love you Shae!

Update: Our story made it into the Daily Herald! You can read it below:

Utah Valley's Everyday Heroes
Payson students raise hundreds to honor teacher who died of cancer

by Braley Dodson Daily Herald

Many people go about doing good deeds in their families, neighborhoods, organizations and church congregations. “Utah Valley’s Everyday Heroes” celebrates these unsung community members and brings to light their quiet contributions.

Included in her termination letter is a comment stating Shae Walker intended to return to Park View Elementary School in Payson next school year. She’d worked at the school for 25 years, three of them while she was receiving cancer treatments. The school was more than a job to her, it was one of her favorite places.

“She absolutely loved it,” said Bart Walker, who was married to Shae Walker for 36 years. “Probably one of the hardest things for her to do was get sick enough where she couldn’t go to work.”

Shae Walker, the school’s computer technician who taught computer classes, died in late March from cancer. She worked at the school up until December.

The school had hoped to raise $350 to pay for a personalized paving stone honoring Walker that will be on the Walk of Hope at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. The school sold suckers before school and during lunch, and raised the $350 by Wednesday of the week-long fundraiser that happened last week.

The students ended up raising more than $800.

Principal Shanna Stirland said the fundraiser was a way for the school to honor Walker.

When students bought a sucker, they were also given a paper heart they could write their name and a message on to be placed on a poster. Stirland was putting the hearts up when a student approached her and said they missed Mrs. Walker.

“I said, ‘I do, too, but she’d be so proud that we were doing something to help others with cancer,’” Stirland said.

Walker’s death hit the Park View community hard. With social media, the students who had watched Walker get sicker knew coming into school that morning their keyboarding teacher had died.

Kamryn Meek, a sixth grader who is the secretary for the student council, remembers when Walker announced she was sick.

“We had to use hand sanitizer more often,” Meek said.

Meek said the fundraiser was a way to show the school cared. Many students donated money without wanting a sucker in return.

“She’s an amazing teacher,” Meek said. “She paid attention to all of the students.”

After a vote from the teachers, Walker was named the school’s Classified Employee of the Year in February.

Walker’s husband arranged to have her go to the hairdresser and have her hair done before she was surprised with the award.

“It was extra special for her, I think,” Bart Walker said.

He said the family is thankful to the school community for the fundraiser.

“That makes you feel good, to know you had that kind of support from people you didn’t know,” he said.

The Walker lived in the Park View Elementary School boundaries, which meant Walker regularly ran into students at church or at the grocery store. Two of their grandchildren also attend the school. Bart Walker said Shae knew all the kids in her class, and he never saw her roll her eyes when students approached them outside of school.

She received good care at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he said, and they donated two unworn wigs she bought there. She’d bought them expecting to lose her hair from chemotherapy, but never lost it.

He said she would be honored and humbled by the fundraiser.

“To raise the money to honor her up there, it was a pretty big deal to me and my family,” he said.

Biomes of the World


The rainforest, desert, tundra, forest, ocean, and the savanna. These are the six major biomes of the world! The third grade classes spent a lot of time and energy researching the biome of their choice. They had a great time creating miniature biomes out of shoe boxes, writing reports, and creating Adobe Spark videos featuring their biome. All their hard work paid off when they had the privilege of presenting their projects to their parents on biome night. Parents were impressed with their children as they walked around scanning QR codes to view what their child had created. Great job third graders!

An Out of This World Field Trip


Aliens, spaceships, and laser guns…The third grade classes were glad they didn’t run into any of those things at the Clark Planetarium! Instead of those fictional items they had the awesome opportunity to interact with all things space and science on their field trip to the Clark Planetarium. The students learned things like the order of the planets, how different gases on different planets smell and even how much they weigh on certain planets. They ended their field trip with a movie in the sweet dome theater! Thank you Clark Planetarium for having us, it was out of this world!

Farm Field Adventures


The second grade had a great field trip going to Farm Field Days at Harward Farms in Springville. We learned all about agriculture and why farmers and farm animals are so important to us! We learned about why eating from the four food groups helps us become strong and healthy. We even learned about bees! One of our favorite parts of the field trip was the baby animals. We saw baby goats called kids, lambs, piglets, and calves!

3rd Grade Carnival


Bowling, ring toss, Pie Face, magic tricks, nerf guns, and musical numbers. These were just a few games featured in Park View’s very own magical third grade carnival. The third grade classes worked for months to earn carnival tickets from different techs and teachers around the school. Earning tickets was no easy task, students had to be on their best behavior, follow all the directions, be responsible, and be especially kind to others. If they were caught in one of these acts then they were rewarded with one, two, maybe ever three tickets. The third graders were then challenged to come up with any sort of game to bring to the carnival, they needed a sign to advertise their booth and of course a posted ticket amount. Once the carnival was set and ready to go students were able to use their tickets to play different games, earn prizes and have a really great time! When I asked one student what they thought of the carnival his reply was, “This is the best day of my life!” I think his statement reflects the opinions of many third graders. Good job third grade for being on your best behavior and making the Park View Carnival one of the best days ever.

3rd Grade Spelling Bee


Right before spring break nine third grade students went head to head in Park View's annual third grade spelling bee. The words were tough but the competition was tougher. 

Our competitors were: Ryland Fratto, Ellie Houser, Kyler Allred, Garrett Shirts, Codan Davenport, Faith Fleming, Zeke Andrew, Chloe Peavler, and Jaxson Fairbourn. 

Chloe Peavler was the last one standing after a very hard competition. Congratulations Chloe! 

Our three finalist were:

3rd: Faith Fleming

2nd: Zeke Andrew

1st: Chloe Peavler

Nice work competitors!

Welcome Mrs. Cunningham

Many of you have seen an unfamiliar face helping out at our school. We would like to introduce you to Mrs. Cunningham! Mrs. Cunningham is an intern principal learning from the one and only Mrs. Stirland. Mrs. Cunningham says, “I am having so much fun here at Park View Elementary. Mrs. Stirland is the best! The students and faculty in this school are so kind, helpful, and they always have a smile for me.”

Mrs. Cunningham taught language arts in junior high and high school classes for Nebo district before going back to school to pursue an administrative degree. Her future goals are to continue her career of helping students learn and grow their minds, think deeply, and communicate effectively. She will continue to learn about administration at Salem Hills High School nearby next year. 

Apart from being an educator and lifelong student, Cunningham also enjoys reading, kayaking, watching football and basketball games, walking in the canyon or on the beach, and spending time with her family.

We feel so lucky to have Mrs. Cunningham at Park View Elementary!

Mrs. Walker Our Example of BRAVE

Mrs. Stirland

Mrs. Walker served the faculty and students of Park View Elementary for 25 years.  During those years she had many responsibilities.  She started as a kindergarten overload technician, she was a reading intervention technician and most notably, she was the school's computer planning time technician.  Payson Junior High School always loved recieving students from Park View because of the wonderful keyboarding skills they learned from Mrs. Walker.  Mrs. Walker went to great lengths to learn the names of each student in the school.  Her naturally kind interpersonal skills with students and faculty made her one of the most beloved people in the school.  Her influence will be remembered and cherished always.

"Bee Brave" was the theme for our school this year.  Each faculty member shared something that they did in their lives that was BRAVE.  Mrs. Walker recognized her bravery in facing chemotherapy.  She battled cancer the past three years.  The love she had for the children ran deep. Even in her pain she showed up to school with a smile on her face each day; she said the school was her happy place.  Mrs. Walker was recognized by the faculty and staff as the Classified Employee of the year.  She was an extraordinary example of BRAVERY! 


More information regarding Mrs. Walkers services can be found on the following link.