Parents Receive Training to Become radKIDS Certified Instructors

Parents performing self-defense moves during radKID training‘Building a safer world for children’ is the mantra of radKIDS, a personal empowerment safety education program designed to provide children and parents knowledge and skills to protect themselves from violence and harm.

Recently, approximately 25 parents received training at Eastlake Elementary from radKIDS Executive Director Steve Daley. The training will allow the parents to become certified instructors for the program in Jordan School District schools.

The five-day, 40-hour instructor certification program showed parents how to effectively present the radKIDS curriculum to elementary students. Upon completing the program, parents will be able to demonstrate and teach techniques, while empowering children to avoid, resist and escape violence and harm, should they encounter a situation.

Topics covered in the radKIDS curriculum include Home, School and Vehicle Safety; Out and About Safety; Bullying Prevention; Realistic Defense Against Abduction; Personal Space/Personal Touch Safety and more.

Enjoy a photo gallery from the instructor training on Facebook.

Boy Scout Project Helps Oakcrest Elementary Display Beautiful Patriotism

Thank you sign with flagsWhen a patriotic holiday comes around, Oakcrest Elementary likes to proudly fly the American flag – actually 25 of them – outside the school. That show of patriotism is about to be elevated thanks to the hard work and dedication of a local Boy Scout. When Dakota Buckner found out Oakcrest students, staff and PTA members were trying to find a way to purchase an additional 25 flags to fly on holidays in honor of our country and military, Dakota stepped in to help with an Eagle Scout project that went above and beyond. He raised enough money to buy 33 flags for the school, containers to store all the flags and flag stands for indoors use. On top of that, he installed a system for displaying the flags on the lawn outside, which eliminates the need to hammer posts into the ground. Thank you, Dakota, for helping Oakcrest show its American pride with a beautiful display of red, white and blue. Your hard work will have a lasting impact on the Oakcrest Community. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

West Jordan High Chalks It Up!

Chalk art display at West Jordan HighThe concrete sidewalk in front of West Jordan High served as both a canvas and gallery as art students showcased their artistry, at least temporarily, during a recent chalk art competition.

While rain will eventually wash away their hard work, the fine artistic ability of the students was on full display for all to see, even if for just a short amount of time.

Enjoy a photo gallery on Facebook.

West Jordan High Students Use Art to Help Struggling Children in Bolivia

Some art students are helping to better the lives of children living in extreme poverty by painting their portraits.

As part of what is called the ‘Memory Project,’ the young West Jordan High artists received photographs of 42 students living with hunger and often neglect in Bolivia. They then used the pictures to draw individual portraits of the children and teens.

For every portrait that is drawn and delivered to the child it portrays in the South American country, money will be donated to improve the lives of young people there. The art students also sent letters to the children they are drawing letting them know how much they care, offering friendship from thousands of miles away.

We are proud of these students for using their talents to make a difference in the lives of others.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Kauri Sue Students Show Amazing Talent in the Musical ‘HERCULES’

Kauri Sue Hamilton students perform 'HERCULES'They spent hours rehearsing and it paid off for nearly 200 special needs students who took the stage for a fun and entertaining production of ‘HERCULES,’ at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School.

Teachers have worked long and hard on the show and appeared on stage with their classes in colorful costumes designed thanks to help from parents and staff at the school. Riverton High students also volunteered their time designing and building an amazing set.

The use of voice enhancement technology made it possible for so many students to be part of the production. This is a unique opportunity for the special needs students to stand on stage and perform making family and friends proud and they did just that in a big way!

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.