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It is time for Thanksgiving, good food and giving thanks. On this episode of the Supercast, elementary school students share their thoughts on the holiday and tell us how to cook the perfect turkey with all the trimmings.

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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host superintendent, Anthony Godfrey. Today we are talking Turkey and giving. Thanks on this Thanksgiving day, episode, fourth and fifth grade students at Hayden peak elementary school. Talk about what they're thankful for, from family and friends to teachers and talk. But first we head out to Fox Hollow Elementary where second grade students share their thoughts on preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal, including cooking. What could be the biggest Turkey of all time? Tell me your name for Island. What's your favorite food? Thanksgiving. Turkey. Turkey. How long does it take to cook a Turkey? Do you think?

Maybe 10 minutes. 30 seconds and minutes and 30 seconds. What if you only cook at 10 minutes and not the 30 seconds? What do you think with him? It would maybe be raw. Yeah. It's you know, I I'm, I'm not a chef. I don't cook things. I eat a lot more than I cook, so I don't, I don't, I'm not really sure how to cook all this stuff. What other foods does your family have at Thanksgiving? Fish potatoes, mashed potatoes. I hope they have gravy for colors. Great. Sometimes. Which you perfect. Sorry. Sorry. Put the pressure on your whole class is watching to see what type of gravy you like. I like the Brown. You like the white? Okay. All right. Let's talk gravy folks. That's a very comfortable topic for me. You like the Brown? Tell me your name and what's your favorite food of Thanksgiving?

Probably. Is it Turkey too?

Like the Turkey? Do you like the white meat or the dark meat? Dark, dark meat. Brown gravy. What else do you like offensive?

The mashed potatoes and the pumpkin

Potatoes. You think, feel like you eat more on Thanksgiving day than on other days? I do too. How long do you think it takes to cook a Turkey? Really know either to tell you the honest truth. How long do you think what's your name? Donny. Donny. How long do you think it takes to cook a Turkey?

30 seconds.

30 seconds. Do you cook it in the microwave or the oven? The oven. So 30 seconds in the oven. How hot do you think the oven needs to be?

I'm super hot.

Super hot. Is that a setting on the oven or do you think you just turn it up pretty high? Just think you turn it up

Super high.

If it's glowing red inside and it's hard to get close to it, then it's hot enough. Yeah. Okay. Thanks. We're getting a lot of good advice here. I think listeners, you ought to try this advice because until you've tried it, how do you know? How do you know whether it works or not? Alright, let's talk with you over here at this table. What is your name? Kaia. Do you like Thanksgiving? Yes. What do you like about Thanksgiving?

I'm probably spending time with my family.

Do you watch sports at all?

Mm, my Intel, my lbs tell me that I have to.

Oh, they tell you that you have to watch sports. Yes. You don't necessarily want now what's your name? You don't like to watch sports either. You said? Nope. Not on Thanksgiving? Nope. Did they watch Thanksgiving sports at your house? Yeah. What sport did they want?

Um, I forgot,

But they do watch sports. And you don't like, so what do you do instead? Go downstairs and play. What's your name? Chalice. How many pounds do you think Turkey is?

2 million,

2 million pounds. Does that include stuffing or is that without the stuffing? Without the stuffing? Whoa, that's just another reason not to cook this stuffing in the Turkey. Over 2 million pounds may be too much for the oven. Um, how long do you cook? A Turkey? Three hours. Three hours for 2 million pounds. Okay. And what temperature?

900 degrees.

900 degrees. 2 million pounds. Three hours. Okay. You, you are listening at home. I'm hope you're taking notes because chalice knows what's up. How many, how many people would that feed the whole earth? The generosity that Charles is showing right now, he wants to feed the whole earth with a 2 million pound Turkey. It's it's it's truly inspiring. It's inspiring. What does Thanksgiving look like for you? Chalice?

Um, it's really fun.

What makes it fun? Besides 2 million pounds of Turkey, meat

Watching Aggies football,

Watching Aggies football on Thanksgiving. Do you want, do you cheer for the Aggies all the time? Yes. Are you required to, or does he do just come by this naturally?

I just like to, and they were a favorite team.

Okay. I respect that. Tell me your name, Braden. What do you like about Thanksgiving? Turkey. Turkey. What else? Turkey. So you like Turkey and Turkey. And what else? Well, it's, you know, Braden, since you like Turkey so much. It's a good thing. Because challenge is over. There has 2 million pounds of Turkey meat. He's trying to get rid of. Wow. Anybody like cranberries. Okay. Tell me your name, Jack and Jack. You do not like cranberries. What do you dislike about cranberries? What did they do to you? I hate them now. See, not liking cranberries is different from hating them. Did you have a bad experience in your childhood? You just have decided you hate them? Yeah. Have you ever tried them? Have you ever tried them? Yes. You did try them. And what do they taste like?

Uh, I don't know. Really too much.

They just taste like unhappiness. Where do cranberries come from?

I don't know.

You just wish they'd go back. Yeah. Alright. Fair enough. Brinley. Who eats the most in your family at Thanksgiving? My grandpa. Your grandpa does. Okay. Do you think your grandpa realizes he's the one who eats the most? Yes. Is he proud of it? Does he kind of tell everyone he's going to eat more than everyone else? Yes. Okay. Here's the big question after he eats more than everyone else, does he then fall asleep on the couch? Yes. Okay. Do you know what? He sounds like a lot of grandpas out there. Tell me your name and chasing when you're not playing and having fun. How do you help at Thanksgiving? I clean up you clean up. Wow. That's impressive. What do you do to help? Clean up. Okay.

I felt like that trash.

Is that only at Thanksgiving or do you do that all the time? Yeah,

I see all the time.

Wow. That's really cool. Uh, that is going to be necessary after we serve 2 million pounds of Turkey, there's going to be a lot of cleanup and garbage. So you guys make a good team. Some of you know how to cook. Some of you, you know, are, uh, ready to clean up. And that's awesome. Please tell me your name. What do you think is in stuffing?

Um, like, uh, I don't know.

I don't know either.

Um, I think like, they kind of like these little things that like, so like math,

These little things that feel like mashed potatoes. What else? Who else has an idea? Brayden? What do you think is in stuffing sheep for what is sheep for sheep for? Well, some of the stuffing I've had has not been very tasty, but I don't think that any of it has had sheep for that. I'm aware of eight. And where do you think is in stuffing bread? Bread? Yes, it is. There is bragging stuffing. There's a lot of other stuff I don't know about, but well done. Oh and celery. Wow. And what else? Bread and salary and carrots and carrots and love Donny what's in stuffing, a million hearts, a million hearts, a million hearts, 2 million pounds of Turkey. It's a beautiful thing.

Um, like, so bread, celery, carrots, broccoli.

Wow. Brad salary. It sounds very good for you. Maybe we should all eat some more stuffing. Okay. Thank you very much for letting me come in and talk with you guys. We'll take a quick break and we'll be back to speak with students from Hayden peak elementary about Thanksgiving. How many times do you hear your child ask what's for breakfast or what's for lunch? Find out what's on the menu at your child's Jordan school district school every day by simply downloading the Nutri slice app to your smartphone or desktop. The neutral slice app gives you quick and easy access to daily menus, pictures of meals, choices, and nutrition information. Along with allergens present in the foods. The app also allows students and parents to give feedback on food. Download the neutral slice app today and enjoy school breakfast and lunch in your school. Cafeteria. Welcome back. We're here with students at Hayden peak. Talking about what they're thankful for. What's your name? My name's Shannon. And what are you thankful for around Thanksgiving time?

I'm really thankful for my family and my friends and a lot of people, basically

A lot of people. That's a good thing to be thankful for. Who else are you thankful for? I'm also thankful

For my teachers and policemen and firefighters and um, people who serve our country. My name is Cody and I am thankful for the U S military and how they served us and some have given their lives. And I'm thankful for my family and what they've provided for me, my family and the things they do for me. I'm Kona. And I'm for school.

What do you like about school?

Um, I can learn. I'm thankful for the food that I have, the activities I get to do. What are some of your favorite activity? Um, piano. Ventriloquism. Soccer?

Yeah. No ventriloquism and soccer. That's a lot of things to do all at once. Not all at once. All. Okay. Not all at once. You're learning ventriloquism, huh? Yeah. And do you have a ventriloquism dummy? Not dummy. What are they called? I'm sorry. Is that not the proper terms? Call it the puppet puppet. I'm sorry. Miles. Where do you think for, for

My family? My friends and the, uh, policemen, firefighters and the army.

All right. Tell me your name. My name's Louie. Louie. What are you thankful for?

From my parents and how I can be here and do this podcast.

I'm grateful that you're here doing the podcast as well. Uh, tell me a little bit about your parents. What do they do for you?

Um, they let me go to school and learn and play sports. I like to do the sports. You like to play football and basketball.

What position do you like to play in football? Safety. Safety. And what is the safety? Good.

She's the last defender. And he asked them to take all the tackles and watch all the packs.

I'm gonna call you the last defender. I kind of liked that phrase, the last defendant. Okay. Well, good luck. I'm glad your parents are so supportive of that. That's awesome. Ellie, what are some things you're thankful for Thanksgiving?

I'm thankful for my family and for my clothes.

Okay, awesome. Actually, what are you grateful for?

My family and everybody that will, um, that I can trust my family, my friends, um, my teachers, Mrs. Fisher. Um, the food that my parents provide and the home, the house over my head and thankful for the roof over my head. And I'm thankful for my food. I like to eat talkies

Hockey's those are hot. Not for me, not for you. We bought this big multipack of chips and I was the one that was in charge of reading the talkies because no one else could stand. I admire you. Good work. We had a lot of fun with students at Fox hollow in Hayden peak elementary schools who shared their thoughts on Thanksgiving and secrets to a successful Turkey dinner. Don't try this at home in Jordan school district. We're thankful every day for the opportunity to educate students and help them find success in life from all of us at the super cast, happy Thanksgiving. And remember, education is the most important thing you will do today. Happy Thanksgiving.

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While many children and teens take weeks compiling Christmas wish lists, there are students in Jordan School District who want nothing more than a warm coat, a pair of socks or something for their siblings. In this episode of the Supercast, you will hear heart warming stories about the effort to provide “Christmas for Kids” who would otherwise have little or nothing under the tree this holiday season.

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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host superintendent, Anthony Godfrey. For those of you listening, who are already stressed out about holiday shopping and finding that perfect gift today, we have an idea that just might relieve some of that stress. How about doing something that amounts to the gift of giving back every year, the Jordan education foundation sponsors something called Christmas for kids. It provides a free holiday shopping spree for Jordan school district students who might otherwise go without, without one single gift, a warm coat boots, or simply some new socks over the holidays here to tell us about how you can get involved with Christmas for kids and give the gift of your time. Volunteering is Jordan education foundation, director, Steve hall, and Brian Sinan, president and CEO of the South Jordan chamber. Gentlemen, thanks for joining us on the Supercast.

Okay. Thank you, honor.

Steve, tell us a little bit about the foundation. We're going to do a Supercast about just the foundation, but this is one of the wonderful things the foundation does. Tell us a little bit about it.

Christmas for kids is a program that we started because we know there are a lot of kids that won't have this Christmas opportunity. So six years ago, I think it was, we started with an idea late, but we were able to get 40 secondary middle school, high school students to come to Gordmans and get Christmas. We matched them up with some chaperones that has grown up to this point of now we have this year, we're going to do at least 500 secondary middle school, high school students and give them Christmas.

And how do you choose the students who will receive the opportunity to do this?

Go to the schools? The schools have counselors, administrators, teachers who know the students that need some extra help that may be feeling alone, that they know a family situation that they know that the family is having some particular struggles. They want to be like every other kid in the school, but maybe they don't have the right clothes and maybe they don't have the, the warm clothes and they're struggling. And it's the administrators, the counselors, and the teachers that know the students because they are the professionals that really care about the kids. And as they walk, we've seen these teachers, counselors, principals dig into their own

Pockets to buy Christmas for kids. And so we're trying to make sure everyone that's deserving gets Christmas. And mr. Simon, thanks for joining us. Tell us how you got involved in your history with Christmas for kids,

Actually, Steve and I got together and decided we want to do something with with Gordmans as well as to help with the Jordan school district. So we threw some ideas around and we, we decided on something similar to shop with a cop, but really blow it up. So we decided a little different with the middle and high school. The elementary age usually gets help a little bit more. We thought this was kind of an untapped resource where they don't get as much help. And we decided instead of just having police come in and chaperone or walk around the store for 15 minutes and then go to the checkout and go, we wanted to create an event that the entire community could be part of. So we've got a city officials, police department, fire department, military educators, business leaders that come in, residents that come in and chaperone and take these, these students shopping throughout the store.

And they have $115 to spend, which doesn't sound like a lot to some people, but it is a lot of money for somebody that doesn't normally have that money. We've got, like Steve said several chaperones we'll spend over and I make sure I announced that at the event, make sure you keep track of you, go over, make sure you get your wallet out. So it is just absolutely fun event. It's it's not only amazing for the students what the chaperones get out of this event is like no other event that I've ever seen or heard.

So tell us a little bit about what the role of the chaperone is. So schools have identified kids in need of a Christmas shopping spree, and then you look for chaperones. Now I've been a part of the event before, and it's fabulous. Will you just describe to listeners what that entails for a chaperone?

Absolutely. So basically when, when the students come in, they go to their school and get signed in at the tables. And we have chaperones that we get through the foundation as well as for the chamber of commerce exit business leaders, all, all these other city officials and things they check in and their team of that student. They spend that hour, hour and a half walking the store talking and really relating with that student. I always say to me, it's, it's just as much of a mentoring event as it is a Christmas event. You're gonna get a positive influence. I mean, could you imagine shopping with the mayor of South Jordan and, and talking with the police chief and, and naturally you, cause you'll be there this year, right? That's right. Just making sure

I'm there, I'm there

The fun event. And I had some complaints last year that the line was too long and I told them, that's exactly what I want. And I want that because the other chaperones are talking to the students as well. And everybody's kind of in a group and some of the stories you hear when you're walking by and it's so heartwarming and those chaperones walk out a lot of them in tears, a lot of them are smiling, but still crying just because of what they were able to do to help a student that day. And that's what distinguishes this from some other charitable experiences or opportunities that you might have throughout the holiday season or any time during the year, because there's a very human element to this. It's about relationships and interaction. When they're shopping.

We had an experience last year that one of the people in line that was volunteering to help, not a chaperone, but just trying to make sure students were going one way and chaperones were going another. And, and he was just before checkout. And just before checkout, he was looking down in the shopping cart of this one student. He was looking down there and the kid had some really great stuff. And he said, what was the best part of your shopping? And he looked up and pointed to his chaperone and he said, spending an hour with that guy that was more important. And we don't think of that often enough of saying these kids, not only are they deserving that they need, that they may be in family circumstances that are tough. They may not have any adults to ever talk to and relate to let alone, get to get with these people that that come and volunteer their time. And that's where as a community member, there is no better way to kick off your Christmas season.

Yeah. Who's eligible to participate. It's anybody that's over 18 and I have a high school for chaperones, you have to go on the website and register. Again, we look at not only the city and police and fire and, and business leaders and educators, but we have several residents. One of our first events, I was called to the back of the store because a customer wanted to speak to me. And I thought it was because I don't know, there's too much noise. And it's crazy in here. And I walked back and she asked what's going on? And I, I started with an apology, which I probably shouldn't have done, but I did. And she said, no, no, no. I just want to know what's going on. Is there any way we can be involved? We saw a mother with her, two daughters waiting up front for the daughter.

She has any event. Can we take them shopping? And I'm already tearing up. And I said, absolutely. And they have volunteered. They moved to Montana, but came back and she came back and store sick. Are you still doing Christmas for kids? Yes. She's like, all right. I want to be part of it. And she came back and registered again. Wow. That is somebody who shopping that day, not knowing what's going on, not even taking care of the students that are in the event, but taken care of, but the mothers and clothes, but the, the, I think she was one child and bought the child's clothing and toys. And it's just,

It's not just a, a great event. It is miraculous. And so if you do want to register to participate either as a donor or as a chaperone, go to J E F Christmas for and the forest spelled out, not the number four. So J E F Christmas for And you can sign up as a donor and a chaperone because if you do one, you really ought to do the other.

Let's take a quick break and we'll come back and learn a little bit more about Christmas for kids through the Jordan education foundation.

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We're back with Steve hall, the director of the Jordan education foundation and Brian signed, and the president and CEO of the South Jordan chamber of commerce, who are here to talk with us about Christmas for kids. One of the big events that the Jordan education foundation puts on every year. Tell us a little bit about where the funding comes from. The program involves taking students in need on a shopping spree at Christmas time. Where does the funding come from? Where did they shop? How does all of that work?

The mission of the Jordan education foundation is to engage communities, to provide resources, to strengthen students and feel success in Jordan school district. One of the things that we do to fuel the success and strengthen the students is to provide programs like this. And as we engage communities, we engage people from individuals who are making $5 donations, individuals that are making a hundred dollars donations, that they are officially sponsoring a student themselves with a hundred, $125 to corporations and businesses that are we've got companies that are having so much fun with the Christmas, for kids idea that they don't give the meaningless gifts around the office. They're saying let's donate to Christmas for kids instead, let's pool all of our money and make a significant impact. We've got a SouthTowne Volkswagen who has donated $2,500. Walmart who is hosting our program has donated $10,000. Larry H. Miller charities has donated $15,000. That is a great start to get us to our 50, to 60 to $70,000 that we're going to need for this program. And every donation

That has made through Jef Christmas for kids will make an impact whether it's large or whether it's small, you can participate directly. Even if you don't have the financial means to contribute. You can just come be a chaperone to one of those 500 kids who will be shopping that morning. Tell us more details about when that's happening and how someone can sign up to be a chaperone. Sure.

December 14th from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Walmart on a hundred fourth and banger. It's again, you, you can register to chaperone or donate, or what I say is you might as well just do both at Jef Christmas for And you will actually see a gallery in there from last year. If you've never been to the event, you can go in and see what, what is like, what it looks like. And again, you do it and you're hooked. It's going to be a yearly event for, for you and your spouse or a family.

So we really need help at whatever level, absolutely financial or otherwise,

Every dollar counts and every chaperone counts. Cause if for some odd reason, we have too many chaperones. We've got people that need to help bag people that can help direct people. There's so many different things that we need. So it is roughly five to 550 chaperones, but we're going to have to have 50 volunteers at the event too, to help it's being part of the event. It doesn't matter what you do. You're a part of this amazing event that you're going to walk out of going, wow, that was the best thing I've ever done.

And emphasizing that it is very important to not just show up the day of the event, but to register at the website prior to showing up. So we know you are coming now, when the chaperone comes through the aisles and is walking along with the student that they're helping shop, what have they observed? What are kids shopping for and who are they shopping for?

Well, it started in the very beginning that you, you, I had a, is actually a Jordan school district employee tell me the story. The, the student was putting a toaster in a girl toy, and this was a male. And she w what are you doing? I'm buying stuff for my family, nothing in that cart for him at that point. And she said, no, no, no, no, no, here's what we're gonna do. You're gonna spend this money on yourself. And then we will go back and I'll take care of this stuff for your family. Is it that type of thing? It doesn't that the student doesn't know if you're spending $10 more, $200 more. They just know they could have an entire Christmas with their family. I was with the chief of police at chief card and a meeting. And we, we talked about what he did. One year. He bought a TV for the family after he did the student spent 115, he bought a little bit extra and then saw a TV there. And he's like, do you guys have a TV? No, we don't have a TV. He went, turned around and bought that TV. It's that kind of feeling and that kind of confidence you give a student and a family. And those of situations that they are, they are loved and people do care about them.

I remember one student that came one year Betty was a junior, maybe a senior in high school. And he came in. We, we do encourage them to buy Meads, but be sure you throw in a want or two, this student came in, went, got the shopping cart with the chaperone, went directly back to the sock section and loaded that cart with socks and the chaperone. What are you doing? And he said, my feet, my feet will never be cold again. And I remember one girl coming. She didn't have a ride. She walked every once in a while, we get one of those mornings it's really, really cold and it was cold. And she came in, she was ill-equipped for it. But when she left, she had a warm coat. And those are the kinds of things that we see. Time, time and time again at this particular event, it's, it's very, very heartwarming.

And even with Santa being there, you would think middle and high school kids, you know, that Santa, whatever. We have the fire department bring Santa on the fire truck. And we get the police department that, that puts the antlers on their cars and act like the reindeer, bringing them in. And those students and chaperones by the way, are very excited to, to interact with saying that during an event. And it's just such an amazing total event. You could, we could talk about stories for eight hours, not even cover all of them. There's just so many heartwarming stories, so many tears stories. I I've walked off the floor several times when we had it at Gordman's to go in my office and we could see me crying, but it's just, it's one of those events that you cry, but it's, it's a cry of helping and, you know, bringing the community together, helping these students out and, and having them have a smile on their face when they walk out, that's priceless that no donation can do that. It's just amazing.

Like Steve was saying earlier students who are cold students who are worried about just taking care of their basic needs, can't learn. So, so this is a great way to, to meet those needs and to help students feel a part of their community, feel about love that we have for them, and put themselves and their families in a better situation going forward. And I can't think of a better way to celebrate the holidays. Absolutely. So we're going to talk to some volunteers, but one more time before we take a break, how do we access the information and sign up

J E F Christmas for

You can register to be a chaperone or make a donation, or both every dollar counts, anyone 18 or over, please sign up, consider donating, consider stopping by as a chaperone. And we'll talk with a few people. Who've been chaperones after the break. Thanks for joining us. And thanks to both of you.

How many times do you hear your child ask what's for breakfast or what's for lunch? Find out what's on the menu at your child's Jordan school district school every day by simply downloading the Nutri slice app to your smartphone or desktop. The Nutro slice app gives you quick and easy access to daily menus, pictures of meals, choices, and nutrition information. Along with allergens present in the foods. The app also allows students and parents to give feedback on food, download the neutral slice app today and enjoy school breakfast and lunch in your school. Cafeteria.

Welcome back to the super cast. We're here talking about Christmas for kids. One of the Jordan education foundation events, we've been talking with Steve Holland, Brian Sinan. And now we have two of the administrative assistants from here in the district office that I know very well nading page and Carrie, Minnesota, who have both been chaperones on the Christmas for kids event in the years past. Thanks for coming on the show. Thanks for having us. Thanks for having this Nadine. Let's start with you. Tell us a little bit about what experiences you've had being part of Christmas for kids.

Okay. My first year I was with a young man and we went around and we were gathering the things, but he kept saying I wanted to get something for family. I wanted, you know, get something from my brother, from my grandma. He lived with his grandma and grandpa because mom was in jail. Dad was who knows where. And so I just kept encouraging him. This is for you, you know, we'll see what we have left. And so we were able to get one item for each of his family members, but what touched me the most was as we were standing in line, Santa was going around the store and he came up to this young man and handed him a gift and the student took it and he opened it and he was like, Oh my gosh. And I said, what? And he said, he knows me. And I said, how, what do you mean? And he said, he showed me and it was a harmonica. And he said, my dad had found a harmonica for me one time and it was stolen from our home. And he said, that was one of the most things I had. And he was given this harmonica. And from then on, it was just like, I am doing this every year. I possibly can.

That's an amazing story. And that matches up with some of the stories that Steve was telling, how things just kind of miracles happen when at this event.

Yeah. It's definitely miracles. And I think of my daughter the next year I signed up of course, to go and ended up quite sick. And my daughter and her husband went and absolutely loved it and went back again last year. And I think one of the miracles is just how they want to serve others to the young lady that my daughter had. Wanted some perfume. She was very quiet and wouldn't hardly pick out anything, but finally got some things and then found some perfume, but didn't have enough for it. And so after it was over, my daughter came to me and said, mom, can we find the student? And she knew what school she was from, but didn't have a name. And I said, probably, and she went out and bought that perfume for her. And we took it to the school and asked the principal if he could get it to her. And later she got a thank you card delivered to me from the student saying, thank you.

Wow. That's amazing. What wonderful stories carry Minnesota. Tell us a little bit about your experiences with Christmas for kids.

One of the young men that we had that my husband and I had, he was emancipated from his family. So he actually was living in an apartment on his own, going to high school and getting tremendous grades because school meant a great deal to him. And he was chosen to come and do Christmas for kids. And the items that he was putting in his basket were towels, sheets, a pillow for his bed, a lamp because he didn't have furnishings for his apartment. And sometimes we just don't even have a clue what some of our students are facing what trials they're, they're going through on their own just to get up and go to school every day. So here's a young man getting wonderful grades, trying extremely hard in school, living on his own. He was working part time at the Megaplex theaters, just trying to make ends meet. And this was an opportunity for us to reach out and help him. And we thought we were trying to do something for Christmas, but it was just for some basic needs that he had,

Obviously the detail with which you remember, these stories suggests that it stays with you. You don't forget these experiences.

That's correct. There's no way to forget. And it, I mean, every Christmas as it comes around, I think of the students that we've taken through and the experiences that we've had with them.

So would you recommend to anyone listening that they ought to sign up and either participate and, or donate?

Absolutely. And it's each and every year. And, and, and just from what we can see each year, it is growing and that we're able to reach out and help more students who are in need and how meaningful that is as a district that we can do that.

Well, thank you very much for being here today, but especially for your service and help with the Christmas for kids program. So thanks for sharing your stories with us today. Thank you for having us. We'll take another quick break and we'll come back to talk with some students who have been impacted by being the beneficiaries of this program. Stay with us. We'll be right back.

If you ever feel like you need just a little extra support in your life, maybe it's time to visit the Jordan family education center. The Jordan family education center is there for you and your family. The center located inside river's edge school, provide support services and classes for families and students in Jordan school district free of charge classes like blues busters for children who are sad or worry. Let's talk a preteen communication class for parents and teens or superhero social skills, a class that helps children enhance their social skills. The Jordan family education center also offers short term counseling and all services are provided by the district school, psychologists and counselors for information about classes and counseling call (801) 565-7442. Welcome back. Now let's hit it

Out to copper Hills high, where we'll visit with two students who are finding hope because of the help they're receiving there. Just to have at least 500 students in need, who will be part of

For kids.

You both get to participate in Christmas for kids. Are you looking forward to that? And what are your plans?

I'm super stoked. When she told me about it, I was like, I don't, I don't know what to say. I'm so excited. Like, I, I don't even know what to do. I'm so I'm so happy. I'm going to go and I'm probably gonna go Christmas, not only for me, but for my siblings as well. It'll be a lot of fun. How about you? Probably very similar to what she is doing, like trying to use the extra resources to help my siblings as well.

Is it hard when you know that you're in needing and, and you know that you need help? Is it hard to ask her to feel comfortable getting that help?

It can be a little bit, cause you have, you have a lot of pride in yourself. Like I can, I can make it on my own. I can do it. But then there just comes a point where you realize that you need help. And the community here is super awesome.

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There are many options for students interested in classes at the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers. One program is “purr-fect” for animal lovers. Today we take you inside the Veterinary Science Program where teens are turning their love for furry creatures of all kinds into careers.

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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host, Superintendent Anthony Godfrey. In this episode, we had inside the very hands-on Veterinary Science program at JATC North, where teens are turning their love of animals into possible careers. The program helps West Jordan Animal Control, spay and neuter stray and feral cats., giving them the chance at a better life. It's a life lesson students embrace. Let's start by heading inside the animal operating room with instructor and licensed Veterinarian, Dr. Wyatt Frampton.

I feel like you learn a lot about animals and vet science, but you also learn a lot about life in general in this class. I would say that the majority are probably not going to stay in the profession of animals. They're going to go find some way to make more money easier. But hopefully we're going to have animals, so I'd like to take care of them. And they are going to tell him you're probably going to live until that age, regardless of what they think. Now you're going to run into medical things. As you get older, teach him as much medicine as we go along that behavior. For those listening, he's talking through a mask, as you can imagine, because he's in surgery while Dr. Frampton takes a few students at a time through the spade and neuter process in the operating room, we stepped out into the clinic to talk with other teens in the program. What, what made you guys want to be in this program?

I wanted a good job after high school. I knew that Vet tech would give me something to be able to get a good paying job after high school.

Do you like animals? Is that why you chose this program?

I do. I'm more interested in horses, but I thought that being a Vet tech after high school would be a good way to kind of go down that path of being a horse Vet.

So, okay. That's great. I want to be a Veterinarian so I thought that this would further the career and get me more interested all around.

What made you want to be a vet? Do you just, do you like animals? Do you like, what was it that moved you that way?

I really like animals, but I just always kind of wanted to be a vet. There was a really like, Oh moment that I said I want to be, I just

Always, it was

I wanna, so this is like one step closer to being, doing animal therapy, like animal therapy. So I just joined the class cause it's one step closer to it. I've just grown up with my four dogs. My whole life I've always had four dogs and I just liked being around them. And I want to work with like bigger animals when I'm older. So that's why I did this class just cause it gets me closer to doing that.

What bigger animals do you want to work with?

Like more wildlife, like, Oh, I don't know, like zoo animals and stuff like tigers and lions and all that stuff. I just have always had like a huge passion for like loving those animals and I just would love to work with them and help like rehabilitate them and everything.

Sorry. Did you just give a shot to a cat there?

It's the dates them. So in a few minutes, he's going to be feeling a little bit funny. It's going to be drugged up. So we'll write down the time that we gave it and wait for her to fall asleep.

So tell me about these cats. We've got these cats in cages here. Where did these cats?

West Jordan? Yeah, they come from West Jordan when they're in these cages and then the ones that are in like the completely confined cage, those ones are feral. So they're more likely to buy and be a little bit more aggressive.

What's the, what's this cat's name over here? Emily is Emily about to get a shot? Oh, she's almost out. Oh, she's the one who's actually is out. Yeah. Okay.

See, I have love on her ear and it's not, maybe that means she's out. Yeah.

Back inside the operating room. Dr. Frampton explains the goal of this program. We try to mimic, we're definitely not a full service veterinary clinic, but we're running a spay neuter program for West Jordan animal shelter. So this would be the exact same thing that a full service veterinarian clinic would do with every animal that comes in. So we've got this cat that's premedicated and ready to go under anesthesia. We're going to be vaccinating her right now. We'll be putting the endotracheal tube to put her on on the gas anesthetics. And then she'll be taken into the other room after we spade or after we clip and scrubber. And then she will be spayed and sent back today. And hopefully by next week have a new home. And any surgeries though are done by you? A licensed vet. Yes. Yeah, the students under my supervision could do vaccinations giving medications or anything like that, but actual surgery you know, the surgery they get to do would be things like ear tipping, the feral cat was ear tipped. And the only reason we tip their ears is we can see at a distance if they've already been fixed, was to take the cat to recover fully, to, you know, getting back to the regular mischief.

I feel like it's like two weeks. I think that it takes a little while for them to like, after they first get fixed when they're in the shelter and everything. They're probably going to be sore for a couple more days afterwards.

What animals will students end up working on in the program? We're looking at dogs and cats in the program. But if they go to a certain type of practice, they can go anywhere from large animals horses, cattle, sheep whatever, or if they go into exotics pretty much any exotic animal out there. So it really depends on what their interests are. They have a 80 hour externship that they do. And it's depends on their interest if they don't like horses and don't, aren't around horses, I recommend that they don't go up around horses in their externship. And so if they're in exotic, if they are into the aquarium, that's where they need to go. Anybody that's interested in animals, there's a place for you, regardless of what your, you know, based on your personality, sometimes you're into the program because you want to pursue it as a professional sometimes it's so that you can learn that you really should not pursue it as a profession.

Exactly. I would say, I would say we're probably looking at 30%. We'll probably stay in with animals somewhere and then 70% will decide there are better and easier ways to make money. But after being here only for a few minutes this afternoon, I would say a hundred percent will remember their experience vividly. I would hope so. Thank you very much for taking the time. I appreciate it. Good to animal owners regardless. And most of them will own the animals because they do like animals. That's the only reason they're here is because they like them. Don't see too many people that come here that don't have any interest in animals. Cause you know, it's just not something they don't come to JTC for and pick up my program because they don't like animals. There's other programs here, but they come liking animals and they come away from the program knowing how to take even better care of animals. Yes. Wow. Impressive program. And I'm super impressed. As I talked with the students, it's obvious they're pushing boundaries and doing things they weren't previously comfortable doing, even if they were animal lovers and that's learning, that's doing things that you weren't able to or comfortable doing previously. So

Congratulations on a great program. Well, thank you. I am continually amazed at the wide variety of programs available in Jordan school district and the caring professionals who create those opportunities. Thanks to dr. Frampton and his students for helping me get to know the veterinary science program at JTC morph coming up. We'll have some advice for parents interested in programs for their teens at the JTC North. But first let's take a quick break. Do you want to know what's going on in Jordan school district? Maybe see your child or a friend featured in a school story. Check out our or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at Jordan district. Let's connect today. Again in studio, we are privileged to have our CTE director for Jordan school district. Jason Skidmore with us. Welcome Jason,

Glad to be here. Glad to be back in studio again.

Tell us tell us a little bit about J ATC North in, in another episode we look at JTC South, but we've got two campuses with these great programs that prepare kids for a career coming right out of high school. Tell us about some of the programs in the Northeast

Campus. Yeah. So I'm glad you were able to go by the North campus and see the veterinary lab there. That campus was really designed with kind of a health science and engineering focus. So the veterinary science program is as part of that. Some of the other programs that are available to students, there are pharmacy technician, medical assisting, physical therapy, assistant occupational therapy assistant. I have a CNA program as well as engineering and robotics programming and as well as the graphics and visual design. So a great number of offerings that we have for students across the district. And the unique thing about what you saw there and what you just mentioned is that these programs, we can't, we can't duplicate or replicate those and put them in every high school because of the, the specialized equipment, the specialized labs, and, and probably more specifically the partnership that we have with our industry leaders.

They're, they're looking for a student that is trained and ready. They've, they've received enough a specific number of training hours, certifications, perhaps even college credit that are generated through these programs to prepare them for a entry level position in any of the careers that we just talked about. The beauty of this campus is the students as they start their career in seventh, eighth, ninth grade, as they worked through the high school, they they're really developing a skill set that they can capitalize at the, at either of the, the academies that you just mentioned. So,

So when students graduate from the techs or from the tech programs there give us an, an idea of some of the college credits licenses that they may have. I visited the farm tech program, for example, so that it can be a pharmacy assistant, I think right out of school.

Now, soon as they graduate and turn 18, they can sit for their board certification and that is a national board certification. So we'll have students that are interested in this, isn't the end for them. Some of them, it is this could become a career that, that they could make good money and they can develop a skill. That's good for them. Many of the students are looking at these as opportunities to, you know, I'm going to go to medical school for example. And so I come, I take the pharmacy tech program, I sit for the certification and now I can work either on campus. We have students that work up at the university of Utah hospital as a pharmacy assistant while they're going to the U they're making great money as well. So they're not getting into debt as much to help pay for their schooling. But it's a, it's a career related track that they can kind of get on and off at anytime throughout their, their career.

And you're on the salt Lake community college campus. So they can earn college credit as well. In some of those courses. Yes.

All of the courses offer some type of current, current rumor credit. And the, the biotechnology program that is also available there, students can start as a high school student and they can transition right over to the community college, into their college programs. So they can do an entire bachelor's degree with a partnership that we have with the Utah Valley university. So they can stay right on that campus and do an entire bachelor's degree without leaving the Valley. If, if that's the direction that they'd like to go. So we have some great partnerships that allow students to do that right there on that campus.

There are partnerships with businesses as well that want to hire these kids right out of the program. I remember going to an awards assembly at the Capitol where kids in the biotech program had kind of a meet and greet with companies that wanted to hire them right, right there on the spot to keep working for their company, earn a salary and be paid to go to school. Correct. Well, that's a pretty good deal.

Did we forget about that? You know, we, we look at the scholarships, the students get upon graduation, these in essence are, are in, Oh, another way to, to fund education. These are scholarships. The, all of the students in all of the health science programs will do a clinical experience of some kind. And almost every employer will, that's the time for a student to sell themselves. And those students get hired either right out of, or right after those experiences, as you just mentioned, and most of those employers will provide some type of tuition reimbursement program. So you work for us full time or part time, and we'll pay for you. And, and there's this myth that employers won't send back, but almost every employer that we work with will send their employees back to school. If they're willing to do that and they'll pay for their tuition, even in, even in our electrical, you know, if you want to be an electrician, those companies will pay for you to go back to school, to, to get a bachelor's degree, to get a master's degree, to, to move up in the world. Right. Great opportunities, great opportunities. We're going to take a break and then we'll be right back with director Jason Skidmore, to talk more about CTE and the opportunities available at our two academies.

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All right. We're back with director Jason Skidmore from Jordan school district CTE programs. And we were just talking about the biotech program. I think that sometimes there's this idea that these tech programs are only for a certain type of student, but these programs are good, whether you're good with your hands, whether you're wanting to go into health services fields, whether you meet, there are just all kinds of different programs, regardless of what your aptitudes are. There's a CTE program for you, don't you think? Oh, definitely. And I think that's the beauty of the way we've these programs have been set up that you know, there's the idea that a student can still participate in athletics and, and their sport events. They can be part of the drama and theater department because students that come to the, either of the academies they spend half of their day at the regular high school taking their academic courses and graduation requirements and fulfilling all of those things, as well as participating in any extracurricular the other half of the day, whether it's the afternoon or the morning they come over to the Academy and they roll in any of the that we just were

Talking about. Students want to, they can ride the bus right from their high school. It'll bring them right to the center that returns them at the end of the day. If the students want to drive, they have that ability to do so they can park it on the campus. But it really, if they're really set up to be all inclusive for any student, regardless of their skill level abilities, career interests and there shouldn't be any limitations because we provide that transportation from the home high school to the center and the website to get more information about being a, Jordan Okay. So they visit the website, get information and parents don't wait for an open house, contact the school, stop by take a look at the programs. There is an open house in the spring, but just set up a time.

Is that right? Definitely. Anytime somebody wants to come over, we have staff on onsite that can, that can show them through. And, and one of the things we want to do is we want to get kids excited to really, so they can make plans on how I can make this kind of program work for me. So well, we're very proud of these programs as a district, I'm personally very proud of these programs and I would just encourage students and parents to take a look because it doesn't have to be a lifelong career for it to be worth the time. You, you take four of your eight classes over there. You have certification to be able to do a job that will pay more through school, or while you pursue other interests. And it's, it can be a career or it can be just something that's next, or you can just follow an interest. And it's a great way to do that in a very meaningful way. So definitely doors open you step forward and you move forward. A door is gonna open somewhere because you meet somebody that you may have never met before. And yeah. Great. Yup. Dynamite. Well, we'll be right back in just a few minutes with two truths and a lie with Jason Skidmore, a little tradition that we have here on the super cast, but right now we're going to take a break. Join us again in just a moment.

If you ever feel like you need just a little extra support in your life, maybe it's time to visit the Jordan family education center. The Jordan family education center is there for you and your family. The center located inside river's edge school, provide support services and classes for families and students in Jordan school district free of charge classes like blues busters for children who are sad or worried. Let's talk a preteen communication class for parents and teens or superhero social skills, a class that helps children enhance their social skills. The Jordan family education center also offers short-term counseling and all services are provided by the district school, psychologists and counselors for information about classes and counseling call (801) 565-7442.

And we're back with Jason Skidmore, CTE Director for Jordan school district. And we have been playing Two Truths and a Lie at the end of each Supercast. It's your chance to lie to the superintendent. Mr. Skidmore has been with us on one other episode, so he already lied to me and I think it's my turn to lie to him this time. So I'm going to do Two Truths and a Lie coming at you.

Let's bring it.

You ready?

Yep. Let's do it. All right. I gotta think this through for a second here. What's it going to be? What's it going to be all right. Every member of my family was born in a different state. I once met Dolly Parton and I had a small role in a movie, small role in a movie. I'm thinking that's the lie because I don't wait. Was it Peter pan? You were in? Well, I have the youthful. So I'm wondering look of Peter pan. Certainly I better go with every member of your family was born. That's the lie in a different state? Well, Mr. Skidmore, both of your guesses were wrong.

How disappointed I was born in Seattle Washington. My wife was born in California. I have a son that was born in Texas and a son that was born in Utah. So we were all four born in different States. I did play a very small part, little speaking role in three o'clock high. That was filmed in Ogden. When I was in high school, I auditioned and got to be in the movie. And then I never met Dolly Parton. I've never even seen her in concert, but I'd like to, I have one 45 of hers. That's it. But I knew you were an icon. So that music is one of your passions because the passion you had had to be, I've met a lot of other people just because I'm into that, but I have not met Dolly Parton's. All right. Well, thank you very much for being on the super cast. It's good to be here and thanks for all the great work you do in CTE. Thank you. Take care. And everyone out there, remember education is the most important.

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Why would a classroom at Bingham High School suddenly look more like a landfill? It is all for a good cause as the Bingham High School musical goes green. We’ll hear from students involved in this unique production of Children of Eden where all the costumes are made of recycled plastic and other recycled materials.

Children of Eden runs November 22, 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. at Bingham High School with a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 23.

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Welcome to the Supercast. I'm your host superintendent, Anthony Godfrey. Today we take you where very few have gone before a Bingham high school classroom turned landfill filled with hundreds of plastic, water bottles, milk jugs, and food containers piled high almost to the ceiling. It's all for a good cause. As theater students in the upcoming musical, children of Eden are involved in a real life recycling lesson. All of the costumes for the musical are being made out of recycled and reused plastics. Here's what I discovered on a recent visit to Liz Smith's classroom, some intelligent and talented theater students who care deeply about planet earth guys. Yes, I am an hour later than I wanted to be. So what do you guys have cooking here? A whole lot of plastic is wow. Look at that around as Holy cow,

I'm Liz Smith. I'm the theater, one of the theater teachers here at Bingham and the director and choreographer of children of Eden. We are using all of the plastics to create the animals that are needed for the musical. There are lines in the musical that talk about how we as humans have kind of destroyed the world for the animals. And now we're going to create our animals out of the plastics that the cast members have been collecting that we've been collecting around the school. And so right now I just have a landfill, but we're going to turn it all into something.

Yes. A classroom fill, if you will. It's pretty crazy. I've got empty yogurt cups, sour cream bins, and amount of it. And so it looks like you have plans for this. Hopefully again, the amount of used plastic piled high in miss Smith's classroom is going to be used to create all of the costumes for the school's musical. And in this case, the costumes are going to tell a lot of the story, is that right? So they're not really costumes. Is it more of a creature that you're going to be inhabiting? Or is it a costume? So this is an ostrich and it's got a flexible neck made out of cardboard and plastic bottles and then a head made out of milk jug. Can I pick it up or will I damage the spine here? So this is, is this a milk jug on top? Yes. Where are you getting these designs from? Just off of offline and from creativity. But for this one we found a online and we're basically trying to copy it as much as we can out of all recycled plastics. One costume I found almost complete was a turtle. So this is a, was this the top two? Like about three dozen Walmart, chocolate chip cookies or something? At some point,

I think it was from a needers catering. Like when needers catered a lunch in here, I believe it was actually from alumni. The alumni luncheon during homecoming week. So student government donated that to us since they took it and painted it. And then all of the parts on top are water bottles. Like these are from just water bottles.

Yeah. So it's the pattern. If it's it's the pattern from the bottom of water bottles and I think I see an Aquafina right there. Yeah. Wow. And I'm a little, I'm a little disappointed in myself that I didn't recognize this catering top. I love a good catered lunch. I kind of pride myself on knowing my food containers a little better than this, but again, these, they look like flowers. The bottom of water bottles look like flowers. If you're listening at home, pick up your water bottle, put up the lid, put the lid on first and turn it upside down. It's a flower on the bottom. What, what have we here? It's an aardvark. Oh, and of course it's an aardvark. Took, it took a long time to find my character, but you know, once I found it, it the spot did you always know you had an inner one and what was it again? Aardvark. Did you always know you had an inner aardvark? I mean, they stick to corners and they liked dark places, so yeah, a little bit. Okay. Well done. Well done. You are transforming the plastic and in turn, transforming the people who wear it. That's very cool. And there are these sour cream lids yourself walking around now looking at everyday objects saying, I can make something out of that.

I saw a lot of heads nodding though, that you are looking at things in a different way. And that's literally what we're trying to do literally and figuratively with education is have you look at the world in a different way. So it sounds like that's really being accomplished through this project. When do we get to see the performance?

So children of Eaton will run November 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th. And then we have also been asked to perform for the Utah theater association conference. So we will run again January 17th and 18th and anything that we don't end up using that we've collected. We will separate the things that we can actually take to a recycling center. We will take to a recycling center. And sadly, there's a lot of the stuff that a lot of these plastics that are not recyclable and we'll, we will just have to throw them away. But we're hoping to use as much as we can so that we are doing our part to help make our world a little bit better place. Let's take a quick.

And when we come back, we'll hear a song from the musical children of Eve. Hey, you okay? Yeah. I just have a lot of stuff going on in my head. You need to talk, dude, stop hiding behind the happy face. Talk with no filter, get the safe UT app, download it now available on the Apple app store, Google play or safe Children of Eden runs November 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th at Bingham high school at 7:00 PM. There's a matinee on November 23rd at 2:00 PM. Welcome back to the super cast. I'm Anthony Godfrey, superintendent of schools for Jordan district. What's your name? Mckenna Ashby. I'm a senior here. I've been in high school. What are you going to say? I am seeking sparker creation, who the character Eve and children of Eden sings. And it's a beautiful song of when she's finally figuring out just the beauty in the world. And like

Just before, right before she eats the fruit.

So I am a keeper. We think it is a lifetime of pleasure each perfect day, the same and less vacation. Well, that's all right. If you're a kind of crustacean, but when you're born within imagination, sooner or later, you're feeling you'll get this book. [inaudible] Great job. Thank you very much.

I have loved this musical since I was first introduced to it back in the early two thousands. It's one that's not well known. It was written by Steven Schwartz who also did wicked. So that's something more people are aware of. And just as I've encountered the show, I've, I've actually, this'll be the third production that I've worked on and I've learned something different every time that I have been with this show this time because of there's lots of different messages through it. And as the kids will test to, I've barely made it through a rehearsal without crying, sometimes ugly crying. So we're going to see how well I do getting all the way through it without ever crying. But the idea of just this time when I came back to it, I found just such a strong message of environmentalism and doing your part to make the world around you a better place giving people and things a second chance. I think it's just kinda like shown just how far we have to go. In the terms of like environmental and getting rid of our plastic addiction we have right now I can see like how, on an outside perspective, how collecting the plastic has been affecting the school. And I think that the rest of the programs in the school, I really impressed with what the theater department has been trying to do with recycling and trying to affect their environment with musical this year. So

Has been very effective. It has affected me a lot because it's all about like loving people who are different than us and just really being accepting of everyone because we all live in the same earth and world, like we're all like cohabit co and co hap cohabitating the earth. And we just don't need to love each other, no matter what our differences are. Like, no matter where we come from what are like family situations are like, we can all just fill the world with love. Wonderful. I've loved spending time with you guys. I was I took drama in high school and was in the productions. It was not in the musicals because I could not sing or dance or I thought I couldn't sing her dance. Maybe it's still hiding inside of me before leaving. I had to share a bit of acting trivia with these talented theater students. I actually had a bit part in a movie called three o'clock, high, a classic. If you ask me no lie, because it was, it was a speaking part. I still get residuals. So this year I got $2 and 37 cents from universal studios. It was so awesome.

Thanks to Liz Smith and her theater students for sharing their thoughts on going green. As they prepare to take the stage for their upcoming musical. We appreciate you tuning in and remember education is the most important thing you'll do today. We'll see ya.

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