Ralph Bunche Center Playground Dedicated in Memory of Student

Ralph Bunche Center Playground Dedicated in Memory of Student

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School and community gathered together at the Ralph Bunche Center in Canton on Friday, September 16, to dedicate the “Playground for Smiles” in memory of a young student who passed away last year.

School and community gathered together at the Ralph Bunche Center in Canton on Friday, September 16, to dedicate the “Playground for Smiles” in memory of a young student who passed away last year.

Christian Egner attended the preschool center for two years, before he succumbed to complications from asthma.

“Christian enjoyed life to the fullest,” Principal Donna Adams said during the ceremony. “We were blessed to have Christian dance through these halls and leap on this playground.”

Christian’s parents, Keith and Trish Egner, participated in the dedication, and members of the Laurel Canyon Optimist Club and Canton First Baptist Church attended as well. Teasley Middle School peer readers were on hand, and Ella Geist performed a song for the gathering. Ralph Bunche students closed out the ceremony with some favorite children’s songs.

The news of the dedication, Mr. Egner said, “brought joy to my heart and to my family.”

“His name will go on, and he’ll be remembered for years to come,” Mr. Egner said.

The Soleil community in Laurel Canyon was instrumental in raising funds for the new playground equipment.

The Egner family has established a foundation in Christian’s name, and a 5K Smile Run is scheduled for October 8 to benefit the Ralph Bunche Center. More information is online: http://www.thesmilerun.com/

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Keith Egner and his wife, Trish, thank everyone for their support and the remembrance in honor of their son.

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Ralph Bunche teachers and students sang several songs for the audience.

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Preschool students performed several songs at the end of the ceremony. Ralph Bunche staff members Annie Andrews, left, and Tiffany Kelly sing along with Easton Elrod, center, and Savannah Barnes, right.