Columbia Elementary School Teachers Receive Surprise $10,000 Gift for Classroom Supplies

Posing with $10,000 checkEvery year teachers spend hundreds of dollars out-of-pocket to purchase classroom supplies to support students and their education. One retailer is stepping up to try and change that. Burlington Stores surprised teachers at Columbia Elementary School with a $10,000 donation, with every dollar going to classroom supplies. The money will be divided equally among the teachers and it must be spent on supplies and materials for the classroom. Burlington has adopted Columbia Elementary School through, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting teachers and their students. Thank you, Burlington Stores for caring about teachers, students and education!

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RSL’s Leo the Lion Surprises Southland Elementary Student Battling Leukemia

Leo the Lion from RSL poses with Southland student and familyKohen Church is in the second grade at Southland Elementary and he loves to attend school, but that has been challenging for the 8-year-old recently because Kohen is battling leukemia.

Nonetheless, when Southland held its annual Jog-A-Thon, Kohen wanted to participate, despite the fact that it might be somewhat difficult because of his cancer. To help Kohen out, RSL’s Leo the Lion made a surprise visit to the school to run laps with this brave little boy and to give him a piggyback ride around the track if needed.

It was a heartwarming gesture for a little boy who has been through so much, but never wants to be left out of events at the school he loves. Leo the Lion  also presented Kohen with a RSL jersey and a ‘Our Goal is a Cure’ scarf.

Thank you, REAL Salt Lake and Leo the Lion, for supporting Kohen, putting a smile on his face and entertaining his classmates as well.

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Fort Herriman Student Makes and Donates 400-Pound Iron Mascot to Middle School

Student Joseph Barwick and his father Brenton pose in front of iron diamondbackIt took 1st Place and Best of Show at the Utah State Fair and now a 400-pound, five-foot tall iron ‘Diamondback’ mascot has arrived at its permanent home at Fort Herriman Middle School. What’s so amazing is that the massive mascot was designed and welded by a 9th grade student at the school.

Joseph Barwick spent more than 200 hours, giving up his entire summer, to construct the giant diamondback snake. The mascot is made of old shovels, parts from transmission shops, plows, scrap pipes, even pocket watches that Joseph was able to find. Joseph did all the welding to create this unique school mascot. It was delivered to the school and presented to Principal Rodney Shaw who was delighted.

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West Jordan Middle School Hosts Community Health Fair

Health Fair PosterThe community is invited to attend a University of Utah Health Fair focusing on diabetes prevention for children. This is a kick-off event for the “Crush Diabetes” program, which will be happening statewide over the next three years. Parents and children will learn about the life-long benefits of healthy eating and being physically active.

There will be free dinner, pictures with the U of U mascot, Swoop, dental resources, nutrition games and other activities, along with an educational film about diabetes.

This event is free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • West Jordan Middle School, 7550 S. Redwood Rd., West Jordan