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.

Students Donate Nearly 20,000 Pounds of Food!

IMG_0603(1)Fort Herriman Middle School set a record in giving this holiday season. The entire student body worked together and came up with the largest school donation ever for the Utah Food Bank. They were able to collect 18 1/2 pallets of food, which is nearly 20,000 pounds. This easily surpassed their donations from last year, which amounted to 10 pallets. Again, it was a student driven charity, which they named ‘Diamond Back, Give Back.’ Along with the collection of food, students raised money. Generous donations have reached $8,500, which will be used to help families in need over the holiday with items such as clothing, toys and a Christmas meal. Congratulations on your success! We are proud of these charitable students, school staff and community members. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.