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More charitable activities

It’s been wonderful to hear about all of the amazing charitable events and activities happening all throughout Granite School District. With the high influx of submitted stories, we tried our best to highlight as many as possible.

Here’s another list of just a few of the great things happening at our schools:

Jim Bridger Elementary did a Sub-for-Santa to help families in their own community. Class competitions and special dress up days helped the students get more involved in the donation process.

West Valley Elementary collected items for Primary Children’s Medical Center, including toys, clothes, blankets, and other items.

Churchill Jr. High, like so many schools in the district, was busy with numerous charitable activities this month. Students made over 500 sandwiches to give to homeless shelters, and made small “Post-it” books for the Literacy Action Program. They also kicked off a Toys for Tots activity to collect toys to be flown to kids in an Arizona Indian reservation. Seventh graders in Churchill's Skills for Life class gave a gift that keeps on giving to an impoverished family on the other side of the world. They purchased a goat, which gives milk, hair, fertilizer for gardens, and two to three kids a year.

Hunter Jr. High students used the spirit of giving to deck their own halls. Class competitions were held to see which class could purchase the most links for 10 cents apiece. They used the links to decorate for their holiday assembly and dance. The proceeds were given to KSL’s Quarters for Christmas.

Oakwood Elementary participated in collecting pop tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, students created art work for Oakwood business partners, and participated in several Sub-for-Santa projects, including one for school class supplies.

Crestview Elementary 2nd graders took to the streets in the neighborhoods near the school to sing holiday songs and distribute baked bread to senior citizens in the area

Granite Park Peer Leadership students will be using a $1000 service learning grant from Project Give to provide donations to the Christmas Box House. As part of their support for the Christmas Box House, they will be doing a school-wide fundraising drive where 7th, 8th, and 9th grades will compete to see which grade can raise the most money. Granite Park's Peer Leaders will also be taking poinsettias to the Trinity Care Center nursing home where they will visit with the residents and provide refreshments.

Eisenhower Junior High students brought in over 800 cans of food and donated over $150 to help feed those in need.  Willa Jamieson, a teacher at Eisenhower, said, “The giving nature of our students, even those who have little themselves, is amazing.”  The food, which filled a pickup truck, was taken to a local Jiffy Lube station, which matched the donation.  Ninth grade student Alena Le said, “The food drive made me feel like I opened up a whole other world for someone who needed it.”

The Skyline High Balloon Club entertained a bunch of youngsters at the American Legion Post 71 Christmas party. Six Skyline students created balloon designs for an hour and a half at the request of the children in attendance.

Springlane Elementary teamed up with Girl Scout Troop 364 to sponsor a food drive for the Utah Food Bank. In total, 576 pounds of food was delivered.

Granger High classes competed with one another to see who could pinch the most pennies in their Road Home charity drive.

Career & Technical Student Organizations in the district were busy this month participating in numerous charity drives. FFA students collected 750 toothbrushes and toothpaste for an elementary school; HOSA students have thus far raised over $650 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; GTI Ambassadors sold hot chocolate to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy; and other organizations are involved in coat and food drives.

Mrs. Duckworth’s 2nd and 3rd grade class at Bennion Elementary made blankets and put together hygiene bags to give to the Youth Homeless Center. They did this in lieu of having a class holiday party.

Sixth graders at Robert Frost Elementary decorated a tree at the school with scarves and hats they made on looms. The school also invites the community to donate socks and mittens to hang on the tree. All of the items will be donated to the Road Home. This tradition has long been a part of Robert Frost, spanning, to the estimates of principal Dona Harris, at least 15 years.

Kearns Junior High students raised funds and provided donations for struggling families to come to the school to ‘shop’ for items that they need. Through this activity, the school became much more like a community center, rather than just a learning institution.

Elk Run Elementary has been busy with a PTA Sub-for-Santa program, and third grade students are participating in the Habitat Program to provide help for families in need. Fifth grade students have also left their mark on a tree inside a Zions Bank branch in Magna.

Bonneville Junior High participated in a Penny for Patients drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students brought in change to be put in jars inside each class. The school collected just over $1,000. It was reported that some students brought in about $70 in change.

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