From critical care, dentistry and drawing blood to radiology and respiratory therapy, hundreds of students across the Wasatch Front were given hands-on lessons in what it’s like to work in various professions in the health care field. The annual Health Care Career Day gave students an opportunity to interact with professionals and get real life lessons from doctors, nurses and health science technicians. About 250 students from Jordan School District participated, walking away with a better appreciation of the skills and dedication it takes to be in the healthcare industry. Thanks to all the area healthcare agencies that participated in helping our students explore possible futures in healthcare. Take time to look at a photo gallery of this great event on our Facebook page. ★
We don’t say it enough but join us in saying it now, a big thank you to our school counselors. This is National School Counselor Week, a time to recognize these valued members of our District team who are an integral part of student success. Counselors work hard and are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They meet with students and parents throughout the school year to discuss college and career readiness plans as well as challenges that students may face. During this week dedicated to school counselors, stop by and let them know they do make a difference. ★
Hundreds of high school students from around the Wasatch Front gathered at Copper Hills High School to talk and exchange ideas on how to bring out the best in the lives of Polynesian students. It was a ‘People of the Pacific’ student leadership conference with special guests, the 80’s band, The Jets! Members of the band shared their personal experiences about growing up in Utah with dreams and eventually finding success in the music industry. They told students to think outside the box and always be proud of who they are and where they came from. The Jets also performed a live concert letting everyone know you are never to old to keep your dreams alive. Thanks to The Jets for taking time to have a positive impact on the lives of young people. Enjoy our photo gallery on Facebook. ★
Parker Allen is in the first grade at Midas Creek Elementary, but he already has had a lifetime of challenges. Parker was born with half a heart. During open-heart surgery he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. When Parker’s classmates realized he would never ride a bike like they could, they decided to raise money to have a special one made just for Parker. In just two weeks, the Midas Creek student body raised $2,700 and that meant Parker had a special surprise over the holidays, a custom made bike. Recently his family came to school to say thanks and let Parker show off his new set of wheels. Here is the local coverage of that visit. ★
Chandler Jensen is a Herriman High student who has had some big challenges in life. The 16-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was just ten years old, but he never lost his will to fight the illness. Chandler battled the cancer with everything he had and is now in remission. That’s why Make-A-Wish Utah is helping Chandler see his dream of going to the Super Bowl come true, where he will watch the Sea Hawks and Broncos do battle on the football field. Here are the stories about Chandler, his winning spirit and excitement over seeing his dream come true.