Anyone 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.
Christmas 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.
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.
Hilda Lloyd has been assisting students in need by providing them with more than just meals, but lots of love for 23 years. Hilda is the homeless liaison in Jordan School District, and has recently been awarded the Human Rights Award for the Utah School Counselor Association (USCA). She is very involved with helping students who are considered homeless, refugees, or migrants. She has worked with each high school to give free or reduced breakfast and lunch to students who need it, and to provide weekend backpacks filled with food and a Subway card. She has also helped other schools set up a Principal’s Pantry, an effort to bring stability to families by providing free food. A lot of the items given away are donated. Lloyd also gives out transportation vouchers to help students get to and from school safely. She will do whatever it takes for students in need. This employee truly is an amazing person and she makes the District proud each and every day! ★
The Dec. 9 Board meeting summary is now available and can be viewed at jordandistrict.org/board/meetings/summary/2014-12-09/. ★