Olympic Team Member and Champion UVU Wrestler Helps Students Fight Bullying

Ben Kjar speaks to students at Copper HillsOlympic Team Member and Champion UVU Wrestler Helps Students Fight Bullying
Ben Kjar calls himself the ‘Face of a Champion,’ and he is sharing his story with others in the fight against bullying. Kjar was born with a rare facial deformity called Crouzon syndrome, which led to Ben being bullied in and outside of school. But the Viewpoint High, UVU and NCAA All-American wrestler didn’t let what others thought of his looks get in the way of a life of success. In fact, Kjar made it on the 2012 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, is married and is a successful businessman, along with being a wrestling coach and mentor.

Recently, Ben visited Copper Hills High to deliver a powerful message about anti-bullying and standing up for one another. Joined by local rock band Foreign Figures, the assembly taught students that just because someone looks a little different he or she deserves respect and acceptance.

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Utah State Prison Delivers Halloween Pumpkins to Special Needs Students

Students at Kauri Sue Hamilton pick pumpkins for HalloweenA colorful pumpkin patch came to life at the Kauri Sue Hamilton School for special needs students thanks to inmates at the Utah State Prison. Every year the inmates grow pumpkins from donated seeds and deliver them to children throughout the Valley with special needs or to children who are hospitalized. Kauri Sue students were able to pick out their very own pumpkins in a pumpkin patch that appeared in the school’s atrium. This is a fun event that brings lots of smiles and Halloween into the lives of children who might otherwise go without the experience on this holiday.

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Bond Fact Friday: Will The Proposed Bond Impact or Benefit Charter Schools?

Ask Your QuestionsThis bond will have an impact on charter schools because when tax revenues increase, charter school funding increases.

Charter schools receive the statewide average on funding. So, as school districts anywhere in the state increase tax revenues, including issuing bonds to build new schools, the statewide average of tax revenues increases. This, in turn means more money for charters and is called Local Replacement Funds.

Also, when bond money is available to build additional schools, the District has more seats available for students who may want to enroll in a charter for elementary school but come back to a District school for their secondary education.

As we plan for the future in building new schools, we take into consideration that charter schools may absorb some of the student growth and we plan accordingly.

At the end of the day, we all benefit from successful schools. Working side by side, District and charter schools alike can have a profound impact on young lives and the communities in which we live.

Rose Creek Students Give Classmate Battling Leukemia Lots to Smile About

img_1706It was a day Kalel Casper will remember for a very long time. Kalel is battling leukemia, but he’s getting a big boost in his fight from Rose Creek Elementary classmates. Mrs. Speer’s 4th grade class decided they wanted to do something to show Kalel how much they love and support him. So, they collected pennies. Those pennies turned into so much more. In fact, the class ended up raising more than $600 for Kalel.

When KSL News heard about it, reporter Shara Park came out to give the class the KSL High 5 award, a story that will air sometime in the coming weeks. Meantime, Kalel’s classmates gave him a treasure chest filled with his favorite things, a big get well card and a check for $513.14!
Good luck in your recovery, Kalel. We are proud of Mrs. Speer’s 4th grade class for their big act of kindness and support. Enjoy a photo gallery on our Facebook page.