Jordan School District High Schools Kick Off the Holidays by Giving Back

Students putting money in a change jar for charity. Every year during the holiday season, high school students throughout Jordan School District give back to their communities by raising money for charitable causes and families in need. They not only give money, but spend countless hours finding unique ways to fundraise in hopes of making the lives of others a little better.

Thank you to all the students and staff who are dedicated to this charitable work.

Here is a list of the charities for each high school.

Bingham High School

Make-A-Wish– This year’s ‘True Blue’ fundraiser is granting a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The recipient is 6-year-old Julia, who is fighting leukemia.

Jordan Education Foundation– They are also raising funds and donating their time to build snack packs for the Jordan Education Foundation Principal’s Pantry program. The program provides food to families in need.

The Starlight Foundation– They deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the U.S.

Copper Hills High School

Local Families– The school chooses several local families every year to help make their holidays just a little brighter.

Mountain Ridge High School

Tyler Robinson Foundation– The non-profit’s mission is to give financial and emotional support to families as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by offsetting out-of-pocket life expenses.

Riverton High School

South Valley Services– SVS is a domestic violence service provider in Riverton and West Jordan. They provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

West Jordan High School and Herriman High School

The Hayes Tough Foundation– Their mission is fighting childhood cancer. The goal is to fund research for childhood cancer, support families financially and emotionally after a cancer diagnosis and to raise awareness around childhood cancers.

Oquirrh Elementary Wellness Center Helps Relieve Student Stress

Oquirrh Elementary Mindfulness Room It is a place that feels a little bit like home. That’s the idea behind a new Wellness Center at Oquirrh Elementary School. The purpose of the Wellness Center is to give students a place where they can go for a 10-minute break to relieve stress or worries and get back to their classrooms and successful learning. With the help of a social-emotional learning coach in the Wellness Center, students are learning to identify, express and manage their emotions for a happier, healthier experience in school. They also learn the importance of self-confidence, recognizing their strengths and resilience.

The Wellness Center is a calm, relaxing and welcoming place for all students throughout the school year.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Oquirrh Elementary Principal Project is Gift from the Heart

It is a labor of love for Oquirrh Elementary School Principal Shauna Worthington as she works hard to reach a goal of collecting 4,000 boxes of breakfast cereal this holiday season. The cereal will be gift wrapped and given to students in seven Jordan School District Title I schools to take home over the winter break. Ms. Worthington wanted to do something to keep kids from going hungry while they were away from school.

Principal Worthington and her family came up with the “Principal Project” idea last year and quickly collected 2,869 boxes of breakfast cereal – enough for students in four JSD Title I schools.

Watch the sweet story of how the cereal project began and continues to grow as a gift from the heart.

Oquirrhfest 2019 Begins at Oquirrh Hills Middle School

Students kick off OquirrhfestStudents at Oquirrh Hills Middle School are already hard at work on their 2019 holiday charity fundraising. This year students selected the Olive Osmond Hearing fund which raises awareness for the deaf and hard of hearing. The school is hoping to raise $20,000 to give the gift of hearing to youth and adults in need of hearing aids in our community. The fundraising theme is “Be a HEARO” and Justin Osmond was on hand to educate students on what it is like to live with profound hearing loss and overcome the challenges associated with hearing loss.

Thanks to Oquirrh Middle students for stepping up and being true heroes for people in need.

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!