One of the oldest school names in Granite School District, William Penn Elementary (1670 E. 3705 South) has been a staple of community education since 1925.
Rebuilt in 2004, William Penn continues to serve a diverse community with a myriad of educational programs. Here are few extra things you may not have known about the school:
BFG (Big Friendly Groups) – A beloved tradition at William Penn involves students being placed in mixed grade level groups every Friday. Faculty members are assigned to a group and teach lessons about character development and school or community needs.
“It’s a great opportunity for young students to interact with older students,” said William Penn principal Brittany Gilson. “It has been a great help in our school-wide behavior program.”
Fantastic volunteers – William Penn’s AmeriCorps liaison Holly Rawlings trains as many as 30 volunteers every year to work one-on-one with students to improve ready skills as part of the Read Today program.
Magnificent musicals – Students and staff at William Penn put in a “fabulous” amount of work each spring for the school’s yearly production. The students and the William Penn community anxiously anticipate these musicals, which require several months of preparation.