Working Together to Reduce the Rising Number of School Bus Stop Arm Violations

Press Conferance This is National School Bus Safety Week and Utah school districts along with city leaders and law enforcement are coming together to remind everyone about the importance of safety around school buses.

The president of the Utah Association of Pupil Transportation addressed a group gathered for a ‘STOP the Stop Arm Violations’ press conference. She said Utah drivers are ignoring school bus stop arms at alarming rates, sometimes passing school buses on the right-hand side while students are getting on or off the bus. Launi Harden said ignoring school bus activated flashing red lights and stop arms is putting lives at risk.

In a recent one-day illegal passing count conducted by the State, 917 drivers disregarded extended school bus stop arms and flashing red lights.

Now, school districts are joining with law enforcement agencies to send the message to drivers “STOP the Stop Arm Violations” for the safety of children and others on or near school buses.

South Valley Student’s Paintings Raise Money to Help Build Indoor Amusement Park for Students with Disabilities

Kimmie Hansen holds up art work Kimmie Hansen is a South Valley student who loves life and has a passion for painting. Now Kimmie is using her talents to support the building of an indoor amusement park for students with disabilities in Eagle Mountain. At a recent auction, three of Kimmie’s paintings sold for $5,000 – money that will go toward the building of the indoor amusement park.

While Kimmie is constantly looking for ways to help others, she lives one day at a time. You see Kimmie has a rare seizure disorder and a syndrome that blocks her intestines, both are slowly taking her life. But this young lady doesn’t let that get in the way of making a difference in the lives of others every single day.

Here is Kimmie’s story reported by Fox 13 News.

West Jordan Middle Teacher and Afterschool Program Coordinator is Recognized as Best in State

Picture of Mr. FrandsenCongratulations to Ryan Frandsen, West Jordan Middle School’s Afterschool Program Coordinator. Ryan has been very busy building the Afterschool Program at WJMS where there are now more than 30 activities taking place during the week.

Because of his dedication to students and outstanding work improving the lives of youth through out-of-school time programming and activities, Mr. Frandsen was recognized as the “Utah Afterschool Site Coordinator of the Year” by the Utah Afterschool Network.

The afterschool activities offered at WJMS help to keep students engaged, learning, and in a safe environment after school ends, until parents arrive home. Mr. Frandsen has recruited more than 60 teachers to volunteer in the Afterschool Programs and he makes sure they have what they need to run the programs successfully.

Thank you, Ryan Frandsen, for having such a positive impact on so many young lives.

Mountain Creek Middle School Students Kick Off Kindness Initiative with Big Heart

Students make a heart on the school lawn. They are putting their hearts and souls into a “Choose Kind” initiative at Mountain Creek Middle School. To officially kick off the schoolwide initiative, the entire student body took to the field outside of school and formed one big, united heart to prove it. The human heart was photographed by drone pilot Jason Yeaman. The school theme for this year’s “Choose Kind” initiative is “CommUNITY.” Students and staff hope that regular activities to promote kindness throughout the school year will lead to a permanent culture of kindness at Mountain Creek Middle.