Every year students across the state of Utah sit down to express themselves in an essay contest about preventing youth violence. It’s called ‘Do The Write Thing’ and it inspires 7th and 8th graders to examine the impact of youth violence and bullying in their lives and what can be done to prevent it. This year a panel of judges read 2,100 essays with the difficult task of choosing just two that will compete at nationals in Washington, D.C. Those two national finalists are both from Fort Herriman Middle School, McCall Morris and Cora Rasmuson. Fort Herriman also had a national runner-up in the contest, Brendon Ponte. And there is more good news for the District, two students from West Jordan Middle School were also recognized. Kalleb Klenk was a state finalist and Allyson Timpson a district finalist. Congratulations to everyone involved. Good luck to our national finalists in the next round of competition, you have all made the District very proud.
It was quite a colorful sight outside Elk Ridge Middle as the school joined a global campaign effort on Earth Day. As part of ‘Pinwheels for Peace’, students from the art department hand-designed and then planted 1,300 pinwheels on the lawn in front of Elk Ridge. The display was meant to send a visual message of peace, tolerance, cooperation and unity. It also stood to let the community know that young people care about the future. Enjoy a photo gallery of this Earth Day display on our Facebook page. ★
Jordan School District is in the final stages of refinancing its old bond debt. This process will save Jordan and Canyons taxpayers more than $9.7 million. It will also reduce the time needed to pay the debt by Jordan taxpayers by 2.75 years with a direct savings of $5.2 million in future interest debt for Jordan taxpayers. George K. Baum & Company hailed this process as unprecedented. Business Administrator Burke Jolley and his team have worked with the Canyons School District for several months to complete this deal. The District had 11 bidders, at a competitive sale, with the winning bid going to Morgan Stanley for 1.31 percent. The old debt varied from 2.63 to a little over 4 percent. ★
The South Valley School greenhouse (8400 S. Redwood Rd.) provides learning opportunities and life skills for students with special needs. They also have a huge assortment of spring plants available for sale and will even plant your pots and planters for you. Proceeds from the sales of plants help fund this great program. The greenhouse will be open Thursday, April 24 until 5 p.m., Friday, April 26, until 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with special pricing on many plants. Take a look at more of the amazing arrangements these students make on our Facebook page. ★