The Cup Comes to Castlio

Posted on 08/22/2019
Castlio Group Photo with Stanley Cup

Castlio Elementary students and staff had a surprise visitor today, a star known around the world. This celebrity stands three feet tall, weighs 35 pounds, is 97 percent silver, is 126 years old, and bears more than 2,400 names. The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup trophy made a surprise stop at the school as part of its victory tour celebrating the St. Louis Blues' 2019 championship, to the delight of over 800 Castlio students and staff members.

office staffStanley Cup tradition has it that, in the year after the win, members of the Cup-winning team can take it on tour so that hockey fans can bask in its silver sheen. As part of its victory tour, St. Louis Blues Head Equipment Manager Joel Farnsworth wanted to share the experience with the students at Castlio as well as his own children, fourth-grader Abby and first-grader Joel.

“When Mr. Farnsworth told me that we were going to be able to have the Cup here at Castlio, I thought it would be a great opportunity for our students to be a part of something historic, with the Blues winning the Cup for the first time,” said Castlio Principal Tim Scholle. “For the Farnworth family to give a portion of their day with the Cup to our school community was priceless and amazing. The kids loved every minute of it, and our staff was overwhelmed.”
Abby's Class
The visit was kept hush-hush in order to surprise the school community. “It was a tough secret to keep, but it’s pretty awesome that my dad was able to bring the Cup to our school,” said Abby. “I think my friends were really surprised and excited. It’s still hard for me to imagine that it’s really here and we can touch it."

Joel's classroomDuring the Cup’s visit to Castlio, it made stops in both Joel and Abby’s classrooms, where they were able to share the honor with their friends. Mr. Farnsworth also happily answered questions and shared some history and fun facts about the Cup with students. The Cup made its way through the school with stunned students and staff “oohing” and “aahing” over it as it passed. After a brief stop in the staff workroom, where thrilled staff lined up for selfies and group shots with the Cup, it was brought outside for a surprise school-wide photo on the playground.

cup selfieWinning the Stanley Cup is still surreal for many St. Louis Blues players, staff, and fans. “We would never have imagined in January that we would be lifting the Stanley Cup in June,” said Farnsworth. “I’m really glad that we were able to bring it here to Castlio and share it with the kids and staff. The smiles you see on everyone’s faces and the excitement to see the Cup up close is pretty darn cool.”
The Farnsworth family moved to the St. Louis area in 2009, and they specifically chose to live here for the Francis Howell School District. Thank you to the Farnworth family for sharing their special day with Lord Stanley's Cup and this once in a lifetime opportunity with the students and staff at Castlio!

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