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Students cheer on favorite teacher

CARLSBAD — Brum and David Darling, parents of La Costa Heights Elementary School students, chose a wet, rainy night Feb. 20 to gather in the coldest spot possible to give warm support for their favorite teacher.
The Darlings hosted a reunion of families with youngsters who have or had Scott Garner as their teacher at La Costa Hieghts. The group continued a five-year tradition of gathering to watch their teacher play with his local hockey team, the Jaguars, at the University Town Center rink.
Some of Garner’s former students are now sixth-graders at La Costa Heights and they loved gathering at the hockey rink to surprise and cheer for Garner, complete with signs.
“It’s just one way to say thanks for being a great teacher,” Brum Darling said. “I invited all the parents I could locate and despite the inclement weather, about 20 kids showed up and quite a few immature adults. We loved continuing the tradition.”
After the event, Garner e-mailed students and parents, saying “You sneaky devils! Wow! I have to admit I got a little choked up seeing everyone. Thank you to each and every one of you. You are all amazing families and I am blessed to have had your children in my class.”
Although the Jaguars lost that night, they are still in first place and have already won their first two playoff games.