FUN FACT FRIDAY: Jordan Education Foundation to Fund Record Number of Classroom Grants

Picture of Scheels donation presentationThe Jordan Education Foundation is always looking for unique ways to engage the community in supporting students and teachers in the classroom and their hard work is paying off.

This school year the Foundation will fund approximately 650 classroom grants, an all-time record. It is a significant increase from just two years ago when they funded 91 classroom grants, last year JEF funded 275. The grants support things like STEM, books and literacy, arts, music, technology and special education. This year the grants will total approximately $400,000.

The number of classroom grants funded by the foundation keeps growing thanks to generous donors like “Scheels.” As a part of the retailer’s recent ‘Day of Giving,’ Scheels donated $10,000 to the Jordan Education Foundation – all of the money will help to fund classroom grants.

Thanks to all of the caring community partners for their generosity and support for teachers and students in the classroom!

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Serving 33,000 Thanksgiving Meals in Jordan School District

Thanksgiving meal on a school lunch trayHow do you prepare and serve 33,000 Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings and do it successfully? It is not easy but that is exactly what the lunch ladies and Nutrition Services staff accomplished this week. They took on the enormous task, providing a Thanksgiving meal to students in every single Jordan School District school. They also made sure teachers, aids, office staff, custodians and maintenance workers were treated to a turkey dinner.

When you break it down, this is part of what went into making the mega turkey dinner:

  • 4,000 Pounds of Turkey
  • 25,000 Homemade Rolls
  • 25,000 Servings of Mashed Potatoes

While the Thanksgiving meal is always a big hit, the most popular menu item in our schools is the lunch ladies’ homemade macaroni and cheese. If you would like to add mac and cheese to your Thanksgiving dinner table – here is the secret recipe.

Jordan School District Macaroni and Cheese (12 servings)

  • 3 1⁄3 cups milk
  • 4 1⁄2 tbsp margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1 3⁄4 pound processed American cheese

Combine milk, margarine, mustard, pepper and cheese in a pan. Stir over medium to low heat until melted and creamy. Cook macaroni in boiling water for about 8 minutes or until al dente. Do not overcook. Drain well. Add macaroni to cheese sauce and stir well. Enjoy!

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Help Us Celebrate and Dedicate New Schools

Everyone is invited to join us as we show our sincere appreciation for community support helping Jordan School District to build and open a number of amazing new schools this year.

We are dedicating four of them in the month of November and will celebrate West Jordan Middle School’s dedication in early spring after completion of the parking lot and fields.

Dedication Dates Flyer

Generous Donation of Brand New Shoes Making Big Difference

Picture of donated shoesSome students in Jordan School District will have one less thing to worry about as the colder weather sets in thanks to the kindness and compassion of Calvary Chapel Salt Lake. After learning there was a need for shoes in some of our middle and high school Principal’s Pantries, Calvary generously donated 500 pairs of brand new Kuru shoes for JSD students in need. The donation, worth thousands of dollars, will go a long way for students worried about not having proper shoes to get through the fall and winter seasons.

Thank you to everyone at Calvary Chapel for their kindness and helping to meet the needs of students so they can concentrate on learning in our schools.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: First Ever JSD School Counselor Carpool Karaoke

They work tirelessly to support students in schools throughout Jordan School District and we are so proud of the tremendous impact these professional men and women have on students each and every day. We are talking about school guidance counselors.

Recently, some of them decided it was time to send a message to students through song in their attempt at SCHOOL COUNSELOR CARPOOL KARAOKE while cruising the parking lot at Riverton High.

Watch this and enjoy!