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n the day of the Cottonwood Heights Shakeout, a special way of dealing with emergencies was also on display. A community toy drive spearheaded by Kathie and Jim Hawkins culminated in the delivery of hundreds of stuffed animals to the Cottonwood Heights Police Department on April 13. The police department will distribute the donated toys to officers and other first responders so they can hand them to children at the scenes of traumatic events. “It’s great that people want to do that,” Assistant Chief of Police Paul Brenneman said. “When you have a trauma to a child, you need something to take their mind off of that trauma. Blankets and toys, those things seem to help us do that. It’s nice to have those resources available. We don’t have a budget to go out and buy those types of things. We think it’s a great idea.” Kathie and Jim Hawkins arrived at the police station during the Shakeout event. Kathie had just finished her rounds as block captain. The bed of their pickup truck was filled with large plastic bags full of stuffed animals. “We had a good 50 families who either donated a stuffed animal or cash, and then we went to the store with it and bought some more,” Kathie said. “There were people that I don’t know who saw it in the newspaper. It wasn’t just my own little community and family. It was widespread. I was really happy about that.” As the toys were piled onto a table, Kathie spoke with Police Chief Robby Russo and Mayor Mike Peterson about the difference that something simple like a toy can make to a child during a traumatic event. “It could be domestic violence, it could be a car crash, the house could catch on fire, anything that no one wants to go through, let alone a little child,” Kathie said. The project commemorated the anniversary of Jim and Kathie Hawkins Day on April 12, a day designated to hon-

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City puts old technology to new use for emergency planning By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights put its emergency planning to the test again during its Shakeout drill on April 13. A key element of the city’s plan took center stage that day as volunteer amateur radio operators tested the city’s emergency communications network while simulating a disaster. The Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club staffed a communications center set up at City Hall and received notifications from throughout the city. Block captains reported on the status of the homes in each block, typically 10 to 15 homes, to communications specialists in each district, who then transmitted the information via radio to the volunteers at City Hall. The role of radio in a disaster situation is critical. “Everything here assumes that there’s no internet and no cell phones,” said Carlo Cardon, a member of the Cottonwood Heights Amateur Radio Club. “Everything is basically short-wave video. If everything else fails, then this is how we do it.” During the Shakeout drill, the radio operators stationed at City Hall were tasked with collecting reports from district communications specialists. Using a secure radio channel, they helped emergency managers map out all the locations that needed assistance. “Our job is to try to gather as much information about what’s going on in the city,

say during a major earthquake, as we can and provide it to these folks who will be managing the incident so they’ll help people who are in trouble,” Cardon said. The radio communications network helps the city coordinate its response to emergency situations. Reports from block captains via district communications specialists are entered into spreadsheets by the radio operators and then mapped out by a GIS mapping specialist at City Hall. “We’re exercising the city’s ability to receive information at the citizen level,” Assistant Chief of Police Paul Brenneman said. “The map helps me understand where there are issues, where there are not issues. Where can I send and where do I need to send those limited resources?” Innovative uses of radio were also on display to make the city’s emergency plan more robust. Video feeds relayed via radio waves and projected onto a screen at City Hall showed images from Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, where a triage center would be established during an emergency. Meanwhile, drones equipped with cameras would also be deployed to give emergency managers a clearer picture of potential damage to roads or structures. “Rovers and drones will investigate to tell us things like this dam was destroyed or this road is out,” said Tay Omana of the Am-

ateur Radio Club. “We get these live updates, and we’re independent of other networks or power sources. We’re self-sufficient in that way in how we run the network of our communications.” The city asked residents to hang a ribbon in a conspicuous place on their home, like in a window. The color-coded ribbons are used to communicate the status of each home during an emergency. A green ribbon indicates that everyone within the home is all right. A black ribbon communicates that someone in the home has died. A red ribbon indicates that there is an emergency situation requiring immediate help, while a yellow ribbon states that there is a situation in the home requiring attention, but not immediately. “Using the map, we would decide what needs to be done and our operations people would decide how to do that, and logistics would get us the stuff to accomplish that,” said Police Support Specialist Julie Sutch. The communication plan is designed to cover every home in the community to address emergencies during a disaster. Amateur radio, or ham radio, helps make it possible. As Omana said, “These old technologies and the new things that they’ve done with it are really the ways to communicate in an emergency.” l

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Bengals look to get back on track, get into postseason baseball contention By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ast season, the Brighton baseball team shot out of the gates in region play with a 7-2 start, only to struggle down the stretch with six straight league losses. The Bengals hope the opposite occurs this season. Brighton was a respectable 5-4 heading into Region 7 games. This included a 1-3 showing at the Las Vegas Tournament April 3–6. Once the team opened up its league slate, the Bengals found themselves on the short end of five of their first six games. In high school baseball, every team plays each region opponent three times consecutively (except in the event weather requires the teams to make up the games at a later date). Brighton began the region portion of the schedule with a tall order: defending Class 5A champion Jordan. The Bengals lost all three games by nearly identical scores: 8-1, 8-0 and 8-1 on April 12, April 12 and April 13, respectively. Brighton struggled to contain Jordan’s offense in all three defeats, as it allowed a total of 43 hits in the contests. Meanwhile, the Bengals had a hard time at the plate against the strong Jordan pitching. Looking to rebound, Brighton then lost its first game against Alta on April 17 by the score of 5-4. Playing on the road, the Bengals kept the game close but couldn’t quite close

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the gap. Alex Clifford provided some highlights for his team, including hitting a double. The following day, Brighton finally put a stop to the losing streak with a timely 4-3 win over the Hawks. It took 10 innings to decide the exciting victory. The game was tied at 2-2 after seven innings, thanks to Brighton’s runs in the fifth and sixth innings knotting the score. No one scored in the eighth or ninth innings, which set the stage for a thrilling 10th inning. Here, Brighton picked up a pair of runs and limited Alta to one when it came up to bat. Brighton had four errors but amassed 13 hits, including a another double from Clifford. The two region rivals finished their three-game series on April 19 with a 7-3 victory for the Bengals. Brighton has plenty of chances to move up the standings and finish in the top four of the six-team league, which is where it needs to be to get back to the state tournament. Despite its late-season losing streak a year ago, the Bengals qualified for state in 2018, dropping both of their games. This season, Brighton wraps things up with Cottonwood May 6, 7 and 8. l The Bengals attempt to pick off an Alta runner at first base on April 19. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Kids hunt for 47,000 Easter Eggs Compiled by Cassie Goff

Some friends just can’t be bothered to open their candy. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

When the bell tolls, it’s every human for themselves. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Sometimes, you don’t get the candy you were hoping for. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Even though it was a little windy, there were smiles everywhere at the city’s Easter Egg Hunt. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

When asked what they’re making, balloon artists can’t ruin the surprise. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

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The Easter Bunny congratulated children for their Easter findings. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Sometimes, you’re satisfied with one treat: got to leave some for the other kids. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

What happens when you’re the treat inside the Easter Egg? (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

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This year, clowns attended the city’s Easter Egg Hunt. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

The city’s firefighters showed up to support children in their endeavors for candy. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Easter is definitely a time for family; which was apparent from many families helping their littles hunt for eggs. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Not only did kids get to visit the Easter Bunny, the got to be one as well. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

Some children went home with a pet, instead of treats, from the city’s Easter Egg Hunt. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights

In the heat of the hunt, you have to make sure no one is stealing from your bag. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

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Easter bunnies were successful in finding their eggs. (Dan Metcalf/Cottonwood Heights)

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Brighton High culinary students place in top 15 at state By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

At the regional competition, Brighton High ProStart students work as a team to create each of the three dishes in one hour, without electricity, including the New York coffee cheesecake. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

It may seem like being on “The Great British Baking Show” or “Chopped” reality TV shows, but for high school culinary arts students, like Brighton’s ProStart team, it’s a chance to showcase what they’ve learned and put it to the test. And the team of seniors Brady Ricks, Allison Tatton and Cameron Jones and juniors Selena Matulich and Kendra Welch did that, not only qualifying at the Feb. 21 central regional competition for the March 12 state competition, but placing 13th at state. Their teacher, Hilary Cavanaugh, could only smile, clap and silently cheer from outside of the ring in the spectator viewing area. “They’re judged on taste, presentation, technique, time management, knife safety, sanitation, food cost and more,” she said. “Then, they’re immediately given feedback from the judges.” However, preparation for the competition takes months.

Brighton’s team began in October, working after school almost four hours a week until January on their menu before finalizing it to “A Taste of New York” as its theme. At the competition, student chefs prepared two of each dish — one for the judges and one to display — of their appetizer, deconstructed apple feta pizza; their entrée, New York strip served with an apple wine sauce; and their dessert, New York coffee cheesecake. “Everything had apple included in it, for the Big Apple,” Cavanaugh said. “They’re also getting really skilled at hand mixing instead of using a mixer or with their knife skills using a knife instead of a slicing mandoline.” That’s because competition rules don’t allow teams to use electricity. Competing at the central region against about 12 other teams, the rules also state teams can only use two burners to prepare a three-course meal

consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Teams also are judged from menu planning to creating a business plan. So while four members of Brighton’s team worked together to dice and mince, the fifth acts as manager and timekeeper, ensuring the team is on track to meet the 60-minute time limit. “They’re learning to work as a team and to work under pressure,” Cavanaugh said. “Some of this we covered in class, but some they learned more on their own. It’s a great opportunity for them to apply what they’ve learned.” ProStart is a national two-year program for high school students that develops talent for the restaurant and food-service industry. Students learn culinary techniques, management skills, communication, customer service skills, math, nutrition, and workplace and food safety procedures. They also learn effective leadership and responsibility.

Melva Sine, the president and CEO of the Utah Restaurant Association, which oversees Utah’s ProStart program, said the 20year program gives students real-life skills. “These competitors are able to think on their feet, know how to season or flavor, make a plate look as good as it tastes, work as a team to make a decision, and at the same time, know the proper knife safety, grilling, food handling, sanitation procedures,” she said. “It definitely will help them when they work and own their own restaurants.” In Utah, there are about 70 ProStart programs and about five teams advance to state from each region. At state, Sandy’s Alta High won the state culinary arts championship in its first season and will represent Utah at nationals May 8–10 in Washington, D.C. This year, ProStart teams will be honored at a May 23 gala honoring the best in the state.

After the ProStart regional competition, Brighton High culinary students are all smiles as they pose by their entry based on the “A Taste of New York” theme. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Celebrating the mother of all holidays with stories about moms By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


appy Mother’s Day, Salt Lake County! In the stories below, The City Journals shares various ways people throughout the valley celebrate Mother’s Day. An ‘incredibly therapeutic… Mother’s Day that I will never forget’ The already somber 9-11 date was forever more deeply darkened for Salt Lake County Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton, with the news that her mother had died in a car accident Sept. 11, 2011. “The pain was deep and the loss was so sudden that it was incredibly hard to process,” she recalled. “I knew my first Mother’s Day without my mom would be painful, so I decided to be proactive.” The weekend before Mother’s Day in 2012, the resilient leader whom Republican power brokers are now encouraging to run for governor in 2020, invited women who had lost their mothers to come to a Mother’s Day luncheon at her Taylorsville home. “I had people from my neighborhood, work and both sides of my family,” she noted. “We enjoyed lunch together and then went around the room and each of us showed a photo of our mom. It was incredibly therapeutic and a Mother’s Day that I will never forget.” The badge of motherhood “When I was growing up, Mother’s Day was exciting for me and my siblings. It gave us an opportunity to show our mother how much we loved and appreciated her,” reflected Salt Lake County Sheriff and Riverton resident Rosie Rivera. Rivera “started to not enjoy Mother’s Day so much” after the untimely passing of her mother at the young age of 52. “I was left with an emptiness that I could not fill,” she said. “This feeling changed once I became a police officer 26 years ago,” she said, and then asked herself the rhetorical question, “Why the change?” The answer from Utah’s only female sheriff and the sheriff responsible for the state’s most populous county is profound: “I have seen mothers who have lost a son or daughter in a tragedy, such as a drug overdose or a car accident, and the loss is incredible. I have seen mothers go to jail and not have the opportunity to spend the day with their children. I have seen the unconditional love mothers have for their children — regardless of their life choices — and I have seen the sacrifices mothers have made for their children. These experiences have made me appreciate Mother’s Day for the special day that it is.” Muumuu for Mama: a colorful Mother’s Day in Samoa The 2019 “Project Runway” contestant and Salt Lake City designer Afa Ah Loo has fond memories of a special Mother’s Day, that occurred almost 20 years ago in a village

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“XO” marks the spot for Ruby Snap Mother’s Day cookies, which the gourmet cookie shop says are second in popularity to Valentine’s Day cookies. (Photo Credit Ruby Snap Cookies)

more than 5,000 miles away. To celebrate Mother’s Day 2002, the then 16-year-old Ah Loo engaged both his biological mother and his grandmother, who reared him from birth and whom he refers to as his mother, in commemorating the holiday. Ah Loo’s biological mother took him to the store to purchase the fabric he would use to then sew a colorful muumuu. The gown would prove to be an early prototype for the designer’s “Amioga Samoa” fashion line, which took the Fiji Fashion Week by storm in 2018, which in turn, led to his being cast for Bravo’s current season of the reality TV “Project Runway” series, where clothing is design/produced/modeled in short timeframes by contestants looking for their big break into the fashion industry. American Mothers Inc. and Utah Mothers Association: Honoring a ‘role not often recognized’ The Utah Mothers Association of the national American Mothers organization celebrates Mother’s Day the same way some depict the elves of Santa’s Workshop preparing for Christmas – the work to celebrate the following year’s Mother’s Day begins on the Mother’s Day holiday itself. “We have been active in naming mothers of the year across the country since 1935,” said Utahn Deanne Taylor. She said the organization was founded to recognize the crucial contribution mothers made in pulling American families out of The Great Depression. Motherhood is a role worthy of continual exploration, but “is a role not often recognized,” emphasized Taylor. Salt Lake Valley families wanting to gift a unique honor might consider nominating

their moms for Utah Mother of the Year. The fairly breezy nomination process is available online: www.utahmothers.org/honor-mom/ mother-of-the-year/. (Utah moms do get noticed. School teacher Judy Cook from Vineyard, Utah, was the 2013 American Mother of the Year.) Acting local with mothers around the world This Mother’s Day, volunteers and staff of the Utah Refugee Connection (URC) will host a luncheon at South Salt Lake’s Lincoln Elementary in Granite School District for approximately 300 refugee mothers from all over the world. The annual event, now in its sixth year, will gift refugee mothers with the opportunity to learn quilting and receive professional Mother’s Day portraits “for women who had

to leave their pictures behind” in coming to the United States, explained URC Executive Director and Sandy resident Amy Dott Harmer. URC dedicates the month of May to supporting refugee mothers, distributing paper towels, laundry detergent, and toiletries to refugee mothers and adding to the stockpile of supplies at their “Sharehouse” supply store at Lincoln Elementary. “Some of the cultures they come from have a Mother’s Day and some don’t,” Harmer said. “We want them to feel honored and appreciated.” Pastor-ized Mother’s Day appreciation and the cookie-making parents of seven who deliver An “XO” that tastes good? It sounded like the perfect gift to Pastor Vince Craig. The lead pastor at C3 Church in Sandy, Craig feels Mother’s Day needs to be special for all women and wanted to provide a special gift, to “give moms something they can go home with.” For the past three years, the church has partnered with downtown Salt Lake City gourmet cookie company Ruby Snap to order a few hundred individually-boxed cookies to make Mother’s Day a day “to spoil our moms,” he said. The Millcreek couple at the helm of Ruby Snap dedicates their Mother’s Day to other mothers in the state and across the country. Parents of seven themselves, Ruby Snap founder Tami Mowen Steggell and husband Robert Steggell spend Mother’s Day baking and managing delivery logistics for custom cookies which literally spell love (with a delicious icing “XO” written on them). The ushers at C3 Church pass them out after the conclusion of the Mother’s Day service. Of the Ruby Snap confections, “We give them to all of the women!” Craig exclaimed. “Even if you are not a mom, you have a mom, and may yet be a mom.” l

“Project Runway” 2019 contestant and Salt Lake City resident Afa Ah Loo’s 2002 Mother’s Day creation helped inspire his current, colorful fashion line. (Photo Credit Afa Ah Loo)

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Despite challenges with weather, Brighton boys tennis plans to hit its goals By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com You never know what you’re going to get with springtime weather in Utah. High school sports teams across the state faced that in March and April. The Brighton boys tennis team has felt some frustration, but the Bengals continue to work hard in pursuit of a region title At press time, the Bengals were 3-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 7 matches, defeating league opponents Alta and Corner Canyon. Head coach Natalie Meyer described the weather as “brutal,” as matches against Cottonwood and Jordan were rescheduled. Still, her players have set their sights on preparing for every outing, regardless of whether Mother Nature cooperates. She loves the competitors and their attitudes and mindset. “(The players) are working hard and anxious to be on the court every day,” Meyer said. “We have been dodging rain, snow and cold temperatures so far. All players are working hard and coming together as a team. They are a respectful group of young men. I love the attitude of each young man and the commitment they have to Brighton tennis. In the conversations that I have had with each of them, they will say, ‘I will do whatever you need me to do, Coach.’ That’s a true team mentality.” Meyer knows individual skill isn’t enough to produce a championship team.

Success takes a strong coaching staff that knows how to reach players and motivate them to produce on the court when it matters most. She’s grateful for her assistants and the time they’ve put into the season, even though many games fell prey to poor weather. “I also have an amazing coaching staff that I work with: Jason Newell, Rich Watts and Brandon Owen,” Meyer said. “They bring years of expertise and coaching talent to this team. The team is lucky to work with such talent.” In what has been a strange season so far, Meyer still raves about her team’s victory over Lone Peak earlier in the campaign. The Bengals won 3-2 over the defending Class 6A champions, thanks largely to the No. 1 doubles tandem of Parker Hopkin and Hardy Owen. The freshmen came up big, winning the third set 7-5 to push the Bengals past the state powerhouse Knights. A 5-0 victory over Corner Canyon also showcased the team’s talent and dominance at every varsity position. Individually, Meyer has rave reviews for several of her players for the work they’re doing on and off the court. “Redd Owen is continuing his level of excellent tennis,” she said. “His brother Hardy Owen and Parker Hopkin have shown great poise and maturity in their matches. Parker Watts and Mitch Smith are a seamless

Seniors on the Brighton boys tennis team have led the charge, along with some underclassmen, to put the Bengals at the top of Region 7. (Photo by Rosanne Newell.)

doubles team; they don’t even have to talk to each other to know where they are on the court and who is taking what shot. Justin Allen and Jacob Simmons are working hard at No. 2 doubles.” Meyer is impressed with her players’ work ethic as well. Some of the boys, such as Simmons, stay late to improve their game, while JV players and alternates practice long hours and even come to practice on Saturday mornings. “Everyone is working hard to establish

their spot on the team and improve on a daily basis,” she said. Once the Bengals reschedule all their matches and conclude the regular season, Meyer is optimistic her squad will produce well at the state tournament. “If we continue to stay healthy and figure out our best lineup, we should show great results,” she said. “We never underestimate opponents, and we always give 100 percent. You can tell when you see us practice or play that we love tennis!” l

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Making room for roundabout By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


oundabouts have been popping up all over the state. In Cottonwood Heights, the city’s first roundabout on Bengal Boulevard is planned for construction in spring of next year. It will take the place of the two signaled intersections approximately 200 feet apart — one at 2300 East and the other at 2325 East. On April 18, an open house was held to receive public comment on the environmental impact of the roundabout; specifically, to consider two homes at 2312 E. and 2318 E. Bengal Blvd. Since both of these homes are technically categorized as historical because they are over 40 years old and are eligible for listing on the National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP), there has been concern over the right-of-way acquisition to demolish the homes to make way for the roundabout. In attempts to address these concerns, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah State historic preservation officer have reached an agreement. Ac-

cording to their memorandum of agreement, “UDOT shall allocate funds in the amount up to $10,000 to the Cottonwood Heights Historic Committee for the publication of a book of this history of Cottonwood Heights. These funds will be allocated before the project has completed construction.” In addition, Cottonwood Heights plans to erect an interpretive plaque near the old location of the homes explaining and recognizing their historical significance. Other than acquiring the land of those homes, along with some land from the LDS church property, there have been no new changes to the roundabout plan, which was covered in July of last year. After the open house, city engineers will work through each of the approximate 30 resident comments. They will respond where necessary with possible revisions. After the environmental impact study section of the process is completed, UDOT and Cottonwood Heights will find a design engineer to

move forward with the plans. Construction will not begin until spring of next year. “People have been interested and engaged,” said City Engineer Brad Gilson. The proposed roundabout will be within District 2 of the city, Councilmember Scott Bracken’s district. In fact, he lives fairly close to where the roundabout will be constructed. He has been watching the progress of the roundabout closely. “I have an interest in this project, considering where I live,” said Bracken. One of the important points for Bracken is the impact on air quality. The roundabout could reduce up to 100 hours of idling and the relative emissions per day. There are 17,000 cars that use those two intersections per day — which sounded like quite a lot to Bracken, before he spent an afternoon on that intersection counting cars. Mayor Mike Peterson emphasized the importance of the process the city team has been working through, and the involvement

of residents. “As with anything new for the city, we need to listen to the constituents’ feedback.” Peterson’s primary concern surrounding the roundabout is public safety; especially after listening to numerous resident comments worried about pedestrian safety. “We want to educate everyone (both drivers and pedestrians alike) about how it works,” said Peterson. When designing the roundabout, efforts will be made to address those concerns about roundabout safety. “We don’t want people in the roundabout,” said Public Works Director Matt Shipp. “We will be putting in landscaping to discourage pedestrians.” In tandem, Canyons School District is in the process of construction for a new building for Brighton High School. Their plans for the back parking lot anticipate the roundabout and accompanying road. l

Canyons transportation open house draws crowds and opinions By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


esidents packed city hall on April 9 for an open house detailing potential projects for improving access to the Cottonwood Canyons. Project managers and other representatives of UDOT, UTA, the US Forest Service and the Central Wasatch Commission presented a range of project possibilities. Residents were invited to give input on project ideas and to share what issues were most important to them. Prior to the open house, UDOT adjusted its environmental impact statement (EIS) for Wasatch Boulevard to focus on things like trailhead parking, avalanche mitigation and traffic congestion. “We are looking at transportation solutions in the Cottonwood Canyons,” said John Thomas of UDOT. “We’re looking at a wide range of alternatives including mountain transportation, which includes rail, gondola, buses. We’re also looking at adding a third lane in Little Cottonwood and what that effect might be and whether it would be beneficial or not.” Officials at the open house said they were also trying to understand how people use the canyons and what their priorities are. The lack of amenities like restrooms and information for hiking trails in the canyons was one issue cited for improvement. “As a body, the Central Wasatch Commission will be evaluating and ranking different improvements over different timelines,” Thomas said. “Some actions might be done this summer, some might be done in a couple or three years, and some might be done in the next 10 or 20 years. So we’re trying to understand what improvements over what timeline

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are most important.” Issues cited by officials as requiring more immediate attention included critical drinking water and protecting the watershed. UDOT put a longer timeline on transportation solutions. Meanwhile, some in attendance were skeptical of the solutions presented and the process altogether. “We’re getting things backwards,” said Pat Shea, who serves on an advisory committee for Friends of Alta. “We’re getting an EIS on the highway, but we’re not looking at the overall environment. I’d like to see a fee for going up and down the canyons unless you’re a resident or an employee, like they’ve done in Millcreek, and keep the money in the canyons to protect our watershed. That’s the most important thing we’ve got there.” Concerns about protecting the watershed were voiced by a number of people in attendance. Others expressed frustration with the process. “There is no solution,” said one resident who wished to remain anonymous. “All the program managers just want to advocate for their project. There is no advocate for people like me who say to do nothing.” As evidenced by the range of opinions expressed by residents, the complexity of the issues was apparent during the open house. While some supported the idea of more frequent busing in and out of the canyons, others questioned if it would be feasible to have enough buses available on powder days during ski season. Some residents pushed for straightforward solutions they thought could help

address issues like traffic congestion. “It seems to me they need to enforce the snow tire laws,” said a longtime resident of Cottonwood Heights. “You do that, and you get rid of the traffic jams. We keep getting stuck behind cars with the wrong tires. You’ve got to enforce the tires.” Despite the conflicting opinions, officials were happy with attendance at the open house. “The turnout is great, especially given the weather,” said Lindsey Nielsen of the Central Wasatch Commission. “We didn’t know what to expect, so we’re pleased with this.” Officials stressed the importance of the open house and the role of resident input. “The open house is really critical,” said

Thomas. “This is really the compilation of 30 years of work. We want to put that all out on the table for everybody, and it’s critical to get their input. Their input becomes part of the process, and we can evaluate that to understand different issues associated with it.” Shea was not so sure. “I think it’s a prelude to a train and building a tunnel so they’ll have something new for the Olympics.” Stormy weather didn’t keep residents from lining up to ask questions and share their opinions. They talked with representatives of UDOT, UTA, the Forest Service and Central Wasatch Commission and tried to make their voices heard over the din of the crowd. l

Residents shared their thoughts at the recent open house for projects in and around the Cottonwood Canyons. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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It’s their business to know your business By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


very business owner within city boundaries is automatically a member of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA). With over 1,500 businesses in the city, including startups, home-based, commercial and established businesses, the membership base is extremely vast. However, only a handful of individuals have recently been active within the CHBA, by attending or sponsoring events, or volunteering. “Right now, business owners are part of something, and they don’t know what it is,” said Business Development Specialist Sherrie Martell. The CHBA was first created over four years ago under the guidance of former Development and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt and former Business Specialist Peri Kinder, with the goal to create relationships between the city and business community. “We wanted the council and mayor to communicate and work closely with the business owners,” said former CHBA Chairman Ron Benson. “Our main function as the CHBA is to help create a vibrant, thriving economic community within Cottonwood Heights,” said CHBA Board of Directors Chairman Bryce Drescher. “We have many businesses within Cottonwood Heights and our business community is an important part to the success of the city and our economic development. As the CHBA we really want to help businesses make connections, build relationships, understand what resources are available, and help them be successful.” In order to ensure that every business owner can be a member, the CHBA does not charge a membership fee. This means the CHBA is an association, not a Chamber of Commerce. “We didn’t want a chamber because of the feeling from the business owners that chambers don’t do a lot for the businesses while still charging a fee,” Benson said. However, even without a membership fee, involvement has been declining. The CHBA board and city staff members have been reevaluating how the CHBA functions, in order to become more visible and increase involvement from community members. To kick off the new iteration of the CHBA, a focus group was held to hear opinions from business owners, specifically focusing on thoughts and ideas, what their needs are, and how the CHBA can be more useful to businesses. “That feedback will be used to cre-

THE GOLD STANDARD Every business owner within Cottonwood Heights is a member of the Business Association: no matter how big or small the business is. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

ate a new strategic plan,” Martell said. “As we work to understand each of their individual needs, we can help them build connections and provide resources to help them grow,” said Drescher. “The focus is really: how can we provide value in the business community and retain more businesses in the area, while bringing more into the city,” said CHBA Vice Chairman Jeff Kemp. Martell has set some specific goals to help work toward the association’s renewed vision. She hopes to visit the top 24 businesses in the city to discuss economic development and business retention. In addition, she aims to rehouse all the information on the CHBA’s outside website, chbusiness.org, to the city’s website. Lastly, the CHBA hopes to connect with the Sandy Chamber of Commerce, along with Holladay’s and Millcreek’s. “We can use resources to connect or leverage the Sandy Chamber. That way, businesses can network with hundreds of businesses instead of just a few,” said Martell. In order for the CHBA to be successful, everyone mentioned in this article agrees that community involvement is necessary. “For the CHBA to be effective the business owners have to participate,” said Benson. “The board can schedule everything and set things in place, but they have to have participation from all the business owners.” “It’s been fun to watch personal relationships develop and business transactions occur through participation in the networking events,” said City Council Liaison Tali Bruce. “I myself have found new services and vendors both for personal use and for my business.” One of those opportunities can be taken advantage of when businesses come into the city. “Any business that opened would have the option to do a ribbon cutting. The mayor or city council, chair and executives would be out

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for the grand opening,” said Benson. In addition to ribbon cuttings, networking events specific for business owners will continue, including business luncheons and Cottonwood Connects. Community support is necessary as well, not just involvement from business owners. “We try to include the public. You can’t have a very successful business without community support,” said Benson. Currently, the CHBA hosts many events that will continue through the CHBA restructuring. “Community events are very successful so we will continue to perpetuate those things,” said Kemp. Community events the CHBA hosts include Sub for Santa, bike rides, Death by Chocolate, Trunk or Treat and Bites in the Heights in August. The next event will be held in the Cottonwood Heights City Hall Community Room (2277 Bengal Blvd.) on Wednesday, May 8, from 9–10 a.m. The event is a Cottonwood Connect, which is “an organized networking event where businesses are able to meet other businesses within the Cottonwood Heights area. Get to know others, share challenges and showcase your business,” said Drescher. In addition to Cottonwood Connects, “business owners and/or volunteers can get involved with the association by supporting businesses within Cottonwood Heights, attending CHBA activities and/events, volunteering to help support the CHBA and providing feedback. As a volunteer association we are always looking for businesses and individuals that are interested in helping support the CHBA,” said Drescher. For more information on the CHBA, visit chbusiness.org. Or follow them on social media with the handles @chbabiz on Instagram and Twitter, or @CHBusinessAssociation on Facebook. l

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housands of local high school seniors have their eyes set to graduate this spring. Below is a schedule of information available about area graduations. Brighton At 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 450 Bengals will turn their tassels as they graduate at the Maverik Center. There is wheelchair parking and ADA accommodations. No tickets are needed. The theme is from Walt Disney: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Canyons Board Vice President Amber Shill and Superintendent Jim Briscoe will speak, joined by Board President Nancy Tingey, Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie and Principal Tom Sherwood on stage. Canyons Transitional Academy About 12 students will graduate at noon, Monday, June 3 at Mt. Jordan Middle School. Canyons Board Vice President Steve Wrigley will attend the commencement exercises. Cottonwood At 1 p.m., Thursday, May 23, about 410 Colts will graduate in their high school auditorium. Tickets are required. There is a limit of six tickets per senior. ADA parking is available in the north parking lot. The commencement speakers will be announced May 9. In attendance will be Granite Board of Education members Connie Anderson and Nicole McDermott and Granite School District Assistant Superintendent John Welburn. The graduation theme is from boxing legend Mohammed Ali: “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” The school’s band, orchestra and Madrigals will be performing. A reception will be held immediately following the graduation in the commons. There is a safe gradate night party scheduled for 10 p.m. graduation night until 3 a.m., Friday, May 24 at the school. An invitation-only senior awards night

is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9. Diamond Ridge About 50 graduates are expected to graduate at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 at Midvale Middle School. The speakers include Canyons Board Vice President Steve Wrigley and Canyons Student Advocacy Director Karen Sterling. Joining them will be board member Mont Millerberg. Hillcrest About 450 Huskies will walk through commencement exercises at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the Maverik Center. There is wheelchair parking and ADA accommodations. No tickets are required. The theme is from Buddha: “What you think, you become.” The Canyons Board of Education Superintendent Jim Briscoe as well as member Mont Millerberg will speak. Joining them on stage will be board member Amber Shill. Student speakers will be announced after the April 23 auditions. Music is expected to be provided by the school’s combined orchestra and vocal ensemble. JDCHS An anticipated 213 seniors will march in Juan Diego Catholic High’s commencement, which begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 25 in the school auditorium. Tickets are required for both baccalaureate mass and for commencement. All of the available tickets are distributed to seniors, their parents and families, and if more is needed, there will be a waiting list. Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. There is ADA parking as well as ADA accommodations. Four top awards — Saint Thomas Aquinas Award, to the boy with an excellent academic record; Saint Teresa of Avila Award, to the girl with an excellent academic record; Saint Sebastian Award, to the exemplary Christian athlete; and the Saint Cecilia Award, to the exemplary Christian performing or visual artist — will be presented to graduates at the ceremony. Beforehand, there will be a senior fare-

Local students, like this Hillcrest graduate, will walk through high school commencement this spring. (Photo courtesy of David Skorut)

well mass and presentation of honors at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 17 in the school auditorium and a baccalaureate mass at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. A post-graduation party that will be held from 9 p.m., Saturday, May 25 at the school is being planned. Waterford About 75 seniors will graduate at 11 a.m., June 6, at Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City. Waterford students, faculty, families and friends are invited to honor the class of 2019. Abravanel Hall is accessible to people with disabilities and offers wheelchair seating and assisted listening devices. To arrange any special requests or to express concerns regarding wheelchair and companion seating or other accommodations, call 801-5336683. A student speaker chosen by the graduating class will join Head of School Andrew Menke and Board of Trustees Chair J.B. Taylor Jr. on stage. The ceremony will include student performances, including an orchestra and choral performance, and songs from lower school students. Cum laude, department awards and a Waterford award will be given during commencement ceremony. There will be a post-graduation reception on Waterford’s campus for graduating students, their families and faculty l

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pring is upon us, summer is on the way; and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels.

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drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing does the pressure in your tires. lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone Keep car maintained will appreciate it. Others want to know what Since you’ll be regularly checking the you are planning. tires, might as well keep regularly schedLikewise, if you see a blinker come uled maintenance on your car. This can range on indicating your lane is that car’s desired from oil changes to transmission flushes. destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona Simply checking windshield washer fluid or 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can common courtesy, if we want people to use prevent serious issues happening on the road. their blinkers, then we should reward them Wash your car especially after storms for doing so. or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where Remember the blinker doesn’t automat- birds can drop their white business on the ically assume safe passage to the next lane. hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left And while your car’s sensors in the rearview untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. paint on your vehicle. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. Drive defensively There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. This means keeping distance between

troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving.

It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.

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Students’ learning leads district to conserving water By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Bridger Welch turns on sprinklers, he doesn’t just see a stream of water spraying over the lawn. Welch can tell from the spray and the soil if enough or too much water is used, if it’s covering the area intended and if the sprinkler head is the best one to be used for the grassy area. That’s because Welch, a Hillcrest High graduate, and about seven other high school juniors and seniors each year for the past six years, have gained an understanding about the Canyons School District water usage and have actively been a part of conserving the natural resource in the second driest state in the country. People naturally overconsume water in an effort to make sure their grass is green,” Welch said. “I care about Utah and we need to conserve our resources before it’s too late.” For the past two summers, Welch would buddy up with another high school student and check the sprinklers at the elementary, middle and high schools to ensure the sprinkler heads were correct, record any broken heads and monitor the spray levels. “We’d record the rotation of the spray to make sure it was hitting the right area, not the sidewalks, for example. We’d look at the head to make sure it was facing the right way and mark it if it needed adjusting or replac-

ing, if maybe it broke after being hit by a lawn mower,” he said. “We got so familiar with the sprinklers, we could point out which ones were broken, or which heads were incorrect.” Then the teams would return to the office and crunch numbers. “We measured the water usage and used an Excel sheet for calculations. If it was too much, the grass would be marshy. If it wasn’t enough, it would die. We got an idea of how much time per day to water and how much water to use. It ended up saving millions and millions of gallons of water,” Welch said. The student water manager program began by district Energy Specialist Christopher Eppler. “It was actually my wife’s idea,” Eppler said. “I was in landscape irrigation, a contractor for 25 years with my background as a mining geologist. I studied about auditing water at Cal Poly analyzing precipitation rates. When my wife said that schools could save money with their water usage, I got involved as a private contractor for Granite schools before I came to Canyons in 2009.” At Canyons, Eppler first concentrated on energy usage, upgrading heating and cooling systems and placing them in a “saving” mode when schools are unoccupied, lowering the usage by 43 percent.

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Student water managers check sprinklers on Canyons School District’s properties as an educational learning experience that saves the district millions of gallons of water. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

After a few years, with the administration’s approval, and a $15,000 grant from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, Eppler created the program where he hired and trained high school students to help survey, monitor and adjust school water schedules of the 370 acres of grass. The savings was immediately noticeable — about 20 million gallons, he said. In July 2014, the district used 16.5 million gallons less than in July 2012 and 9.5 million gallons less than in July 2013. From 2015 to 2017, the district saved a combined 18 million gallons of water. For that, Eppler was awarded the 2017 Utah Energy Pioneer Award and has spoken to the national Irrigation Association as well as other school districts and the governor’s water board, sharing his program. “The money we’re saving is just put right back into the program,” Eppler said. “The savings aren’t as great anymore because we’re watering the way we’re supposed to, so it’s more of a maintenance level.” However, with new schools being built, the student manager program continues so those fields will be properly managed. In the summer, students work five hours per day, four days per week, making their way through the district one sprinkler head at a time to adjust water schedules based on the root zone, type of grass, shade, soil type and evaporation rate. “It’s more than they may realize when they’re hired. Students learn basic hydraulics and such concepts as ‘evapotranspiration, permanent wilting point, and soil moisture depletion.’ Students are learning to irrigate properly. They spend hours logging the precipitation rate of each sprinkler head at schools throughout the district. By understanding precipitation rates, root zone and soil type, students can calculate the correct amount of water to give an area over a certain amount of time. They’re gaining the

field experience to log equipment and data and bringing that info back to calculate on spreadsheets and be reviewed,” Eppler said. While Eppler said it is a great learning experience and resume-builder, he said “these students really care about water usage.” Eppler has worked with students from several high schools, but currently hires recommended Hillcrest High students who are committed to conserving natural resources even if they may choose to study math, computer software or other fields upon graduation. “I’ve found these students to be great self-starters, super polite, real thinkers who make the program better,” he said. “They take huge initiatives and understand the commitment involved.” Welch, who graduated and now is studying at Utah State University, said he is considering forestry as a career and would also like to work with the conservation corps to restore Logan River. In February, Rep. Suzanne Harrison, who said her community supports wise stewards of water, introduced House Bill 143, amending water conservation plan requirements, and invited Hillcrest senior Amelia Slama-Catron, who was a student water manager last summer, to talk to the Natural Resources, Agricultural and Environment Standing House Committee about Canyons’ internship program. “When I found out about the actual program and about the amount of water we could save, I instantly wanted to be involved,” Slama-Catron testified. “I want to major in marine biology and environmental science, so obviously water is a huge concern of mine. Water conservation is something that has always been of interest to me. However, fresh water is not only a limited source, but a costly one. It is within everyone’s power to conserve natural resources.” l

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ith a stroke of a brush — or on the tablet — Brighton High School art students are making their mark. Recently, Brighton senior Julie Schwarz won a scholarship at Arts Day on the Hill for her digital drawing and seven students were honored by having their artwork displayed at the 47th annual Utah All-State High School Art Show in Springville. Art educator Derek Chandler said much has changed in the art department since he was hired at Brighton nine years ago to teach graphic design classes. “There were fish made from copy paper displayed with cotton balls stapled on,” he said. “Our department has changed significantly since then. This year, we added a third AP course. We have 40 students who are submitting their portfolios May 7.” These students are enrolled in AP courses in commercial art 2D, photography 2D and studio art: drawing. Chandler said additional students are enrolled in a concurrent drawing class with Salt Lake Community College, gaining college credit while still in high school. The program also has expanded to offer classes in jewelry and ceramics. “We’re much more in-line with college-level courses and principles,” he said, adding that it has resulted in the learning and success of students. Schwarz was chosen as the only Canyons School District student to showcase her art at the capitol. Her work, “A Flower from My Home,” is a digital drawing she created with a WACOM tablet that was purchased as a classroom set for the first time, with funds earmarked for career and technical education programs, Chandler said. Schwarz used the tablet, which is designed for those who are drawing, painting or photo-editing, as part of the school’s first AP commercial art class. “(It’s) already paying dividends. She was recognized on the senate floor and received a standing ovation as she was awarded a $300 scholarship. It’s amazing to see the opportunities and the advancement of technology and art,” Chandler said. This year’s theme, “Inspired Utah,” was designed to encourage students to explore the people, cultures, communities, landscape and all that inspires them as residents of the Beehive State. Using the tablet, she drew a sego lily to represent Utah. “We talked about all the things that represented Utah: green Jell-O, seagulls, red rocks, arches, and she took the flower and ran with it. She used Illustrator and Photoshop and it turned out really nice,” he said. Chandler also said it’s an accomplishment that seven of the 15 entries allowed to be submitted for the juried Springville art show were accepted. “This is the premiere high school show in the state. Hundreds, thousands of students want a chance to have their work displayed,”

Brighton High senior Julie Schwarz won a scholarship at Arts Day on the Hill for her digital drawing, “A Flower from My Home.” (Photo courtesy of Derek Chandler/Brighton High School)

he said. Brighton students who had their work on display include Miles Anderson’s graphite piece, “Stripped”; Sam Fairbairne’s piece, “Bracelet”; Anabelle Heaton’s “Toucan,” created from clay; Sam Hugely’s piece, “Ring”; Autumn Jones’ ink work, “Addict With A Pen”; Sydney Pexton’s digital photography, “Manarola”; and Jessica Brunt’s digital photography, “Monopoly,” which sold at the exhibit. Other Brighton students were expected to showcase their work at the Canyons School District Art Show this spring. “We are getting to be known for our art program,” Chandler said. “We’ve had a reputation of ‘come to Brighton to swim’ since our swim team does so well, but now our art standards are higher and Brighton is getting known for our art program as well.” l

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Reality hits eighth graders in life simulation By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


eality hit hard for some eighth graders. And that’s what Canyons School District’s Work-Based Learning Coordinator Eileen Kasteler wanted students at Butler, Midvale and Union middle schools to realize. “Students are given life scenarios — they could be 30 years old, married, with a spouse who is working or they could be single, raising children, working while going back to school and trying to make ends meet,” she said. “In Reality Town, they’re learning to see where money goes, how to make good choices, how to save, how to write checks, and why they may need insurance. It’s a good hands-on learning opportunity for them to really understand and appreciate the value of a paycheck.” Students quickly learned that they couldn’t go with the most expensive clothes or living arrangements and that childcare is expensive. Union eighth grader Teya Snowder said that with her assigned profession and having a master’s degree, “I’m still poor.” She enrolled in the military to pick up a second income — yet at the same time, purchased a pet dog, named Bambi Bombi Bumper. Kasteler said that was part of the simulation: having students understand where their money was going. “I don’t think every student understands the reality of where money is needed. Right now, they may spend money on fun things, not necessities, but this gives them that look at their future,” she said. Union eighth grader Laura Curtis quickly picked up on that. “Right now, I have a little of my own money from being a referee and I can use it on what I want, but I’m seeing now that I need to learn how to manage my money better and learn how to divide it between savings and what I’m buying,” she said. Her classmate Emma Cecil said she became more aware where money is spent with property tax and insurance when counselors explained the program before the simulation. “I learned about all the taxes involved that come out of my income and what all I need to pay when I purchase a car or a home,” she said, adding that her role as a university teacher allowed her husband to stay at home to take care of her son so she didn’t have to pay for childcare. Butler PTSA President Hilary Ripley’s daughter wasn’t as fortunate. “Although she had earned a master’s degree, she chose a low-paying career that she thought would be more fun,” said Ripley, who has volunteered with Reality Town three years. “Now, she can’t afford to pay for childcare and has asked me to babysit for her kids. Her choices affected my choices — we both got a taste of real life.” Hillcrest High School senior and Midvale Youth Ambassador Kosha Hansen vol-

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unteered at Midvale and Union’s Reality Towns this year. “Their careers are based on their GPAs and that helps determine how successful they will be as adults,” she said. “It’s teaching them to work hard now and that will pay off later in life.” Several high school students returned to their alma maters to volunteer. “It’s cool they’re learning that life isn’t fair and you may have to figure out how to pay for something, which is more than you’ve set aside,” Hillcrest sophomore Gavyn Paul said. “Then, there’s always the unexpected fees. You may need a new windshield or a flat tire that needs fixing and so they’re learning how to deal with issues now that are unexpected.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg said he had students ask about purchasing a Mustang GT while working as a used-car salesman. “I’d have them review their family situation and their income and usually, they came to understand other options were better suited for them,” he said. Union Counselor Lynn Nelson said there were bonuses involved if parents volunteered or if students dressed up for their career to help them financially. “Kids are learning how the real world works, how much money they need to live, how to plan for college, tech or trade school, how to budget money, how to balance a checkbook, how to try to stay up or get ahead,” she said. Midvale eighth grader Mary Garcia looked at classes at CTEC and serving in the military. “They’re good options for me,” she said. “My uncle fought for me and our country, but I also want to work in a burn unit as a nurse. This is learning about my options about my schooling.” This is Midvale’s return to Reality Town after an absence of more than five years as both parents and teachers said it’s a valuable lesson, Principal Mindy Robison said.

“They have found it helps students understand their value of their grades and how those have direct correlations that may impact their future careers,” she said. “It shows there is a more realistic tie between behavior and choices and learning how they can influence their own future. It also teaches them vocabulary many of them haven’t been exposed to through an interactive way.” It also may be an eye-opener for the organizers as Kasteler said some students re-

flected their current situations and wanted to know if one of the many stations set up along the gym was a food bank to either get items for their mock family or to give donations. “It’s a good reality check for us as well,” she said. Eighth grade resource teacher Whitney Lott said it helped them understand life. “It’s part of their life experience, to know how things work, where to go to get what they need,” she said. “I want them to try a lot so they can get the most out of it.” Union parent Martha Baumgarten said she saw students understand that they couldn’t afford designer clothing and opted instead for more economical clothes. “They’re learning how life works and how much money things cost and they got to budget,” she said. Canyons work-based learning coordinator Cher Burbank agrees. “I think kids realize now that parents can’t always afford everything and the value comes from working hard for what they want,” she said. “Reality Town breaks the walls of the classroom and teaches these students career exploration skills and money management. It’s a great experience for these kids to be actively engaged and prepare them for their future.” l

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Cottonwood Heights elementary students excited for future careers — after getting their education By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


fter spending a morning learning about career options, Bella Vista fifth grade student Kip Mapson was trying to figure out how he could both be involved in astronomy and as a team mascot in his future career. “I’ve learned about the rover landing on the moon and Mars, and from it we can learn about other planets,” he said. “Without oxygen, it’s the best way we can study places, but I would like to be a part of that field, to go into space to learn. I also think it would be fun, watching a professional team up close as a team mascot or seeing the costume I helped create being worn for a team. It would be an honor.” Those are just two careers Cottonwood Heights students learned about as local professionals, some who are parents, came into the four elementary schools to share their careers. Career Day hosted volunteers who shared their careers from airline pilot to kidney transplant nursing at the four local elementary schools. “Canyons (School) District is trying to ignite the passion in what the future could be like for them,” Bella Vista Principal Cory Anderson said. “Some of them may not have been exposed to these careers before.” Bella Vista fifth grade teacher Sara McBee also points out that by learning about

these careers firsthand, students are also learning what preparation they need to succeed. “They see cool jobs, but also learn how math, computers, language arts are used and how they are real-life skills in careers,” she said. After listening to people who worked with Lockheed Martin, in law enforcement, as a college professor and creating professional mascots, McBee asked students to write what they learned, what their college or career path may be, and questions they still had about the profession as well as a thankyou note to the presenters. Students also learned how life skills, such as communication and people skills, are incorporated into professions. Hairstylist Keisha Heberman told Bella Vista first grade students that in her profession, she uses math — to mix color — but she also can be artistic and creative. “But no matter what, I need to be kind,” she said. “Kindness and building relationships are important in any career.” At Ridgecrest, where students learned about careers from photography to cybersecurity, first grade teacher Courtney Terry said it really energized her students. “They got to learn from a NASA engi-

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he said. In her first season coordinating promotions for the Utah Jazz, Kera Thompson said she is doing a job she loves, but it’s one that challenges her as she has to be able to think on her feet from changing the mood of the fans after a fight with the Timberwolves to what to do if the Bear isn’t ready on cue. “It can be nerve-wracking, but it also is a lot of fun,” she told students. “I use skills I learned in school, reading cue cards and speaking in front of 20,000 people. I need to be confident. I use a lot of social skills, interacting with the fans and with my colleagues, making everyone comfortable and feeling like they’re a part of the team.” Assistant Police Chief Paul Brenneman hoped that being part of career day makes students feel comfortable around police officers as he shared with students his primary job is to protect citizens, the difference between a uniform police officer and one who investigates crimes, and how education is important to his career. “I’m here to tell you, all of you, you need to go to college and get a degree,” he said. “I use skills I learn in school every time I go out and communicate with people or when I write up a report. I am using reading, writing and math.” He then answered questions about 16 weeks of POST training, bloodhounds as police dogs, not to call 911 as a prank, what SWAT does, and even doughnuts, where he endorsed Krispy Kreme. “They’re the best doughnut, right off the rack; they’re like heaven,” he said. Career Day speaker Mike Williams, who has had several jobs from military to college development, gave this career advice: “You need to be a team player, follow instructions and think of how you can be a service to others to be successful in life.

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