Governor Encourages Healthy Eating Habits on “Apple Crunch Day”

Student biting into an appleStudents in schools around the State simultaneously took a bite into a locally grown, farm fresh apple this week. Governor Gary Herbert declared October 11, 2017 as “Apple Crunch Day,” hoping to get more young people excited about healthy eating options.

At West Jordan Middle School, the entire student body participated, biting into hundreds of fresh apples together at exactly 10 a.m.

Public schools in Utah serve more than 60 million meals during the school year and in Jordan School District the Farm to School program encourages students to try food fresh off the farm that is served in cafeterias district-wide, especially during the harvest season.

 

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Big-Hearted Teacher Gave Up Wedding Gifts for Students in Need

Rickee Stewart on Rachael RayThousands of students in Jordan School District will be warmer this winter thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of a Copper Hills High School teacher with a really big heart. Teacher Rickee Stewart was recently married. She decided to give up wedding gifts, instead turning her bridal registry into requests for things like new coats, backpacks and sleeping bags for students in need. The idea made national news with Rickee appearing on the Nightly News and the Rachael Ray Show.

As a result, the donations came pouring into Copper Hills High from around the world! Here is what this amazing educator has collected for students so far.

  • 2,900 Brand New Coats
  • A $10,000 Donation from Burlington Stores
  • 20 Sleeping Bags
  • 20 Tents
  • Dozens of Brand New Shoes and Backpacks

Rickee Stewart is living proof that one person can make a positive difference and better the lives of students in need. Thank you, Rickee, and to everyone who has contributed to make this story such a success for students.

Utah STEM Fest Inspires Students to Explore Possibilities

Joel P. Jensen Middle School Students

Joel P. Jensen Middle School Students

Students throughout Jordan School District participated in the 2017 Utah STEM Fest with an eye on the future. The event was held at the South Towne Expo Center. Business and industry leaders in science and technology along with educators gathered to give students in 5th through 10th grade a hands-on experience in STEM. Participants were encouraged to look at future career opportunities. The event is held every year in an effort to spark innovation and imagination in young people and create excitement about the possibility of following a STEM career path.

 

High School Students Team Up to Help Fill Principal Food Pantries

Students and staff from Valley, Bingham, Copper Hills, Riverton and Herriman High Schools came together with a common goal, to help feed the hungry throughout Jordan School District. They started at Costco, where thanks to generous donations to the Jordan Education Foundation, they were able to purchase $23,000 worth of food. They sorted everything at the District warehouse and then the food was distributed to 59 elementary, middle and high schools where it will be used to stock Principal Pantries and feed hungry students.

Also, thanks to months of hard work on behalf of Copper Hills High teacher, Rickee Stewart, about 1,200 brand new coats are being delivered to schools for any student who needs one to stay warm in the upcoming winter months.

We are grateful to everyone involved in this important work supporting all students in Jordan School District.