Guadalupe School was honored to receive Governor Gary Herbert for a festive visit celebrating the harvest season. He was accompanied by Commissioner of Agriculture LuAnn Adams and local farmers Jordan Riley and Luke Petersen. The group spent time with a third grade class, chatting about Thanksgiving dinner food, where Utah's produce comes from, and the importance of agriculture.
Students were able to learn about various hybrids of vegetables and fruit, and even observed a purple carrot. By the end of the visit, each student received their own Elliot Gold apple. This gift was especially fun, because Elliot Golds are a type of apple that was created in Utah!
The Governor declared the date a day of agriculture in Utah, and met Guadalupe School's own director of nutrition, Jodi Key. Jodi, who directs the cafeteria, is integral to making Guadalupe a healthy environment and exemplary school for the Governor to visit, as she works hard to meet all of the governmental nutritional standards.
Beyond the message of local agriculture and nutrition, the Governor also repeatedly emphasized the importance of gaining an education to the third graders. He explained that the more education they attained, the more career opportunities would open up for them, allowing them to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. Guadalupe School is extremely grateful for the Governor's visit and the inspiring messages he shared with students.
For the third year in a row, Discover Card Processing provided a huge service to Guadalupe families from each of our academic programs. The company put together full turkey dinners, that come in insulated food bags, for families identified by our program directors as needing a little extra help during the holiday season. This year, Discover Card provided 35 families with the meals, for which the families were extremely grateful. While they waited for families to arrive and pick up their turkey dinners, the volunteers enjoyed a turkey lunch providing by Guadalupe School's cafeteria!
As if the Thanksgiving meals weren't already more than enough, Discover Card employees decided to go above and beyond, by also helping the Charter School and the development team with two other service projects. Four employees split up to visit each and every Charter classroom to measure shoe sizes, in preparation for the Warm the Soles shoe distribution that will occur in December. Meanwhile, the remaining six employees helped the development team to stuff over 1,000 envelopes to be sent out for our organization's annual appeal campaign.
Discover Card has become a wonderful partner to Guadalupe School over the years. We are so grateful for their support of our mission and help to our families. Many individuals will have an even better Thanksgiving holiday thanks to this generous corporate partner.
If you would like to send a volunteer group, sponsor an event, or donate to support our cause, please reach out to the development team at 801-531-6100 ext. 308. Thank you!
In between the traditional spelling quizzes, essay writing, and times table practices, Guadalupe School students get to learn through equally important, hands-on, visual experiences. This last month was no exception, with various grades learning from classroom outreaches carried out by the local aquarium and Hogle Zoo, as well as through a field trip to the courthouse!
Grade schoolers had their curiosity peaked, but their comfort limits tested when a team from the aquarium brought by some creepy, crawly visitors to help teach about various environments around the world. The creatures included a boa constrictor, lizards, and a couple of giant cockroaches. The students had the option of petting each animal to see what their skin feels like, and learned all about their home environments and how they live.
Students also got to touch and feel in order to learn during the Hogle Zoo classroom outreach. Instructors let the children go through boxes of parts of different environments, that included various soils, plants, animal pelts, footprints, and more. The students were fascinated as they learned about what types of animals and vegetation thrive in different climates and geographical areas.
Older students had the opportunity to visit Matheson Courthouse downtown Salt Lake City. They not only toured the beautiful building, but got to sit in the jury seats and listen to a real judge talk about conducting trials. They also entered and sat in the Supreme Court, where they learned about how a panel of the highest judges in the state decide cases together. The kids loved the experience, and one girl even expressed how she wants to become a lawyer!
We can never thank our community partners enough. They help Guadalupe School to transform lives through education by ensuring our students enhanced learning experiences, and exposing them to the surrounding world. Thank you!
Last week Guadalupe School had some special visitors with a mission to give back to the community through service! Both Salesforce and Junior Achievement sent groups of volunteers to be put to work helping out at the school.
Salesforce is a consistent volunteer partner of Guadalupe School's, and has helped on a variety of projects including math tutoring and collecting school supplies. This time, the team took a new approach by funding and executing a playground project that made preschool teachers very happy. They replaced the dirt under the preschool swing set with wood chips, in order to make sure children do not encounter muddy puddles under the swings each time it rains. The Salesforce team did not hesitate to put on their gloves, and pick up a shovel or push a wheelbarrow! We are so grateful for their hard work and contribution.
Junior Achievement got in on the fun by sending accountants from all around the Salt Lake area to teach kid-friendly finance and business classes for the annual "JA in a Day" event. Charter School students all the way from kindergarten to sixth grade enjoyed learning new things like how to apply mathematics in practical situations, saving money, making profit, and learning what a supply chain is! It was fun for them to learn these concepts directly from community members who apply them in their real jobs.
Guadalupe School loves welcoming volunteer teams, and we are very thankful for the contributions of our community partners. Whether you are an individual, family, community group, or team of employees, don't hesitate to find out how you can get involved at Guadalupe School! Email Cassie at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more, or visit our volunteer page. Thank you!