Middle School Students Rally to Send WWII Vets on Honor Flight

DSCN0464It was an emotional day as Oquirrh Hills Middle School students surprised eight World War II veterans with an all-expense paid trip to the National War Memorial in Washington D.C. working in conjunction with the Utah Honor Flight. The entire student body has spent months raising money for this patriotic cause and in the end raised an amazing $22,500! Part of the money, $4,000 is being donated to Unified Police to be used for families in need over the holiday season. In addition, an art class at the school painted portraits of the veteran’s which was presented to them. The high energy assembly included music, shaving teachers’ heads and an emotional tribute to those who have served our country. Police even demonstrated how their canine cop is trained to attack bad guys, principal Glenn was a good sport and volunteered to help out. Congratulations to everyone involved in this incredible event. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page, and check out some of the news coverage from this event below.

Fun Fact Friday: A Record Year for Giving

DSCN0531We often share big numbers on Fun Fact Friday with lots of commas, but more important than any numbers we share are the amazing, incredibly awesome and charitable students in our schools. Our five high schools have just completed their three weeks of raising money that will immediately go to organizations and families living in their communities. This year, ALL five high schools in Jordan School District broke records in their charitable fundraising. This is reflective of very hard work, and of the great people living in our communities; parents and patrons who are helping a new generation of young people learn things beyond the classroom and grow as individuals. In alphabetical order, here’s a shout out to the parents, patrons and students from our school communities and the approximate totals raised:

  • Bingham High $96,400
  • Copper Hills High $22,600
  • Herriman High $62,000
  • Riverton High $133,600
  • West Jordan High $23,500
  • TOTAL $338,100

Congratulations for making a difference in the lives of others! Check out a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Board Member Recognized for Going Above and Beyond at Bingham

SONY DSCAnyone who has ever met Janice Voorhies knows she is passionate about children and education. She also has a zest for life and loves to laugh. Jordan School District has benefited from Mrs. Voorhies’ teaching talents for more than two decades. She began at Bingham High in 1991 where over the course of 21 years, she taught English, Honors English, technical writing, journalism, AP language, senior college-prep English and concurrent enrollment English 1010. Janice currently sits on the Jordan School District Board of Education. Because of her many contributions to the classroom, her compassion for children, her co-workers and the District, Mrs. Voorhies is being honored in a very special way. She is this year’s recipient of the Candlelight Service Award from Bingham High School and its alumni association. Please join us in thanking this extraordinary educator for making Bingham High a better place and for her continued service to Jordan School District.

Community Comes Together Bringing Christmas to Hundreds

DSCN0374Christmas will be much brighter for hundreds of families in Jordan School District thanks to the generosity of a caring community that joined forces for a good cause. The annual Oquirrh Elementary Christmas donation drive was such a success, even Santa would be proud. This year Oquirrh and its community partners were able to collect Christmas toys, hats and gloves, pillow cases, shoes and hygiene kits for about 500 people. Molina Health Care donated 1200 pairs of socks and Costco showed up with a huge donation of baked bread. Rose Creek elementary supplied pajamas to the Christmas cause. We are so proud of this holiday generosity on the part of everyone involved. Thank you! Enjoy a photo gallery of this wonderful event and some of the people behind it on our Facebook page.