Fun Fact Friday: Doing Our Part to Reduce Air Pollution

CNG BusEvery day Jordan School District is trying to make a difference contributing to cleaner air for children and all citizens of Utah now and in the future.

Here are some of the things being done to reduce air pollution:

  • The District has 75 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86% less particulate matter into the air compared to diesel buses. And according to the U.S. Department of Energy, just one CNG bus can displace 1,400 gallons of diesel fuel per year. That amounts to 105,000 gallons less diesel fuel used per year in JSD.
  • A No Idling Policy reduces the time each bus is running by 24 minutes per bus per day. This also reduces pollution and saves on fuel costs.
  • The State Division of Air Quality just awarded JSD a $500,000 grant to help pay for 10 new CNG buses.
  • A Total of $2 Million in State, Federal and Local Grants have supported expansion of the CNG bus program in the District over the past five years.

CNG buses not only help reduce air pollution, they save taxpayers money. The fuel savings are huge. After a .50 cent federal rebate on every gallon of natural gas used in our CNG buses, there are times we are pay nothing to fuel a CNG bus. That’s because compressed natural gas is just .50 cents to $1.00 a gallon.

Please join us in doing everything possible to reduce air pollution.


West Jordan Middle Students Using Yoga to Reduce Stress

West Jordan Middle School is taking a unique approach to helping students lower stress levels and be more productive in the classroom. Thanks to school psychologist, Olin Levitt, stressed out students now have a yoga class to calm them down, learn coping skills and in many cases, lift their spirits. Dr. Levitt offers the class during the school’s ‘Pride Time,’ a block of the day where students can get academic help or choose a special activity in which to participate. Because of yoga, there are now fewer students in detention. Yoga also has a health benefit for those who participate because the teens are doing something physical and Dr. Levitt uses some of the time to talk about good eating habits. Students who show gradual improvement in academics and attitudes throughout the year are treated to an end of the year yoga party where they are given their own yoga mats to continue practicing at home.

Keep up the good work thinking outside the box to benefit students at West Jordan Middle! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Eastlake Elementary Students Host ‘Harvest Party’

It was a healthy food feeding-frenzy at Eastlake Elementary, as students had the opportunity to harvest and devour the produce they have been helping to tend in their classroom.

Back in November, we introduced you to Julie Feyereisen and David Berry and their Tower Garden. These educators have been teaching their students in third and fourth-grade about math, science, language arts and agriculture through the magic of vertical gardening using a Tower Garden. A Tower Garden is a pillar that stands approximately 6-feet tall that uses grow lights and hydroponic technology to grow plants indoors.

The day finally came recently to celebrate the efforts the students and teachers made to grow produce in the Tower Garden. Parents of students in both classes were invited to a ‘Harvest Party’ in Mrs. Feyereisen’s classroom.

For this harvest, students grew lettuce and other green veggies. Students were invited to share dressings, croutons and other produce to complement their salads, which they thoroughly enjoyed with their parents and classmates.

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

Columbia Family Learning Center’s Josefina Swensen is Changing Lives

Josefina Teaching Parents English

While English and computer classes are still the main focus for parents, the Family Learning Center now teaches other life skills like sewing, balanced nutrition and health awareness. It has become a home away from home for some and a pathway for parents to receive their High School Equivalency Degree (GED). Josefina says when parents learn the English language and find success, they become more involved in school and that helps their children. Columbia students are achieving at higher levels than ever before.

In addition to the education that goes on at the Family Learning Center, Mrs. Swensen takes it upon herself to collect food and clothing for those in need. We applaud the tireless work of this amazing employee who is making such a big difference in the Columbia school community and beyond. Thank you, Josefina! Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.