Fun Fact Friday: Foundation Dollars Make Huge Difference

The Jordan Education Foundation’s (JEF) purpose is to help students succeed. The JEF helps to make up the difference when budgets run out. Here’s a few facts about how the JEF helps children in the District:

  • Since 2010, more than $2.9 million has been given out to classrooms District-wide.
  • Nearly $200,000 in scholarships for college have been awarded to 130 District students.
  • More than 600 teachers received grants ranging from $500-$1,500 for STEM projects, books, technology, classroom equipment, special needs projects and more.
  • “The Leader in Me” program is now in 27 of our elementary schools because of the foundation and its donors.
  • More than a thousand children who used to go home hungry each weekend after school now receive food from Principal Pantries and weekend backpacks.
  • Hundreds of children who needed glasses but could not afford them now have them thanks to more than $20,000 in eyeglass vouchers.

The JEF helps to feed hungry children, cover the cost of health and wellness needs, even help fund technology and supplies for teachers. They also pay for safety, leadership and character education programs in schools.

One hundred percent, every single penny, donated to the JEF goes directly back to schools and classrooms to help students succeed. The foundation is currently in the middle of an ambitious program to raise much-needed funds for classrooms. It’s called the “90 Day Challenge for Children” with a goal of raising $1,000,000 in 90 days. Every penny makes a difference and every penny goes right back to helping children. If you would like to make a donation to the 90 Day Challenge, visit www.jordankids.org or click here. Please take a moment to watch this short video highlighting some of the amazing things that take place because of the generosity of our donors.

Doug Wright Show Addresses Public Education Funding Concerns

Governor Gary Herbert has said his number one priority this legislative session is to invest in children, which he says is the best way to sustain the states economy long term. With that in mind, people in public education were hoping lawmakers would agree to fund the largest increase in WPU (6.25%), that this state has seen in 25 years. Is there any hope that classrooms will receive the much-needed money? It was a question Doug Wright raised with guests Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to the Governor, and Kristen Cox, State Budget Director. This discussion is worth listening to and it may bring some clarity to the confusion over proposed funding for public education this year. Click on the following link to hear the broadcast.  The segment begins at 20:45 into the show.

Rave Reviews for Middle School Honor Festival Concert

DSCF0612Concert-goers were treated to an awe inspiring night of music as middle school students gathered for the annual Middle School Honor Festival Concert. Hundreds of young musicians in band, choir and orchestra sang and played their hearts out in front of a crowd of parents, friends and members of the community who attended the event. One member of the audience said the beauty of the music brought tears to her eyes. Guest conductors were Richard C. Marsden, Christian Earl and Neil Hendrickson, along with pianist Danielle Christianson. Congratulations to everyone involved. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.

Bluffdale Students Showcased as Weather School of the Week

DSCN1208It was lights, camera and action as students in Mr. Patrick’s 5th grade class experienced what it was like to be on live TV. The class was chosen as ABC 4’s Weather School of the Week. Meteorologist Curtis Ray did his live weather broadcast from the classroom for ABC 4 with students participating. Between the live segments, Mr. Ray shared his wealth of knowledge about things like weather patterns, tsunamis and land formations. He even did some science experiments that were weather related. This was a great experience for Mr. Patrick’s class, thanks to a meteorologist who gave of his time and talents to help educate children. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.