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$3 MILLION COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN AIMS TO MAINTAIN OPEN LAND By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com


vacant piece of property at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon may be conserved as open space if $3 million can be raised. The 26-acre lot, located at 3801 North Little Cottonwood Road, is currently anticipating development. However, Utah Open Lands is working to purchase the property in order to conserve it as open space. The 26-acre lot is a combination of two properties with different landowners. Both properties are zoned rural residential with conditions (RR-1-21) and have similar land use (residential rural density). Currently, the southern-most lot has a development plan that would consist of 11 different housing lots surrounding a cul-de-sac and is listed on Williams Reality for $1,750,000. To prevent this land from being developed, Utah Open Lands will need to raise $3 million in a little over three months. As of publication, $1,518,375 has already been raised. Some of that money comes from a grant, some comes from Cottonwood Heights, and some comes from community donations. Five hundred thousand of the already-raised $1,518,375 was secured by an approved grant coming from the state’s LeRay McAllister Critical Lands Fund. Even with the grant, Utah Open Lands has been askContinued page 18 Community members hope to conserve this 26-acre piece of land. (Melissa Fields/Cottonwood Heights Parks, Trials, & Open Space Committee)


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In person or virtual, event planned to honor Pat Tillman, support veterans By Joshua Wood | j.wood@mycityjournals.com


ocal veterans and supporters will honor the legacy of Pat Tillman on April 18 with the annual Tillman Honor Run. The event will start at 8 a.m. at Alpha Coffee on Fort Union Boulevard. The honor run is organized by Arizona State University Alumni and by event co-captains Elisha Hayes and Carl Churchill. The event is open to the community and will raise funds for the Tillman Scholar Program, which offers scholarships to veterans seeking to make a positive impact in the world. [Note: The Tillman Honor Run was still planned for Saturday, April 18 at 8 a.m. at Alpha Coffee as of the City Journal’s deadline. For more details regarding the event and possible cancelation or modification due to the coronavirus outbreak, please visit pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run] Churchill was inspired to help organize the Utah Tillman Honor Run when he and his wife, Lori, participated in the flagship event in Arizona several years ago. “Not only did we get to run the Tillman run, but we also go to meet a lot of Tillman Military Scholars,” Churchill said. “It’s really super cool to meet the scholars and talk with them.” The main Tillman Run in Arizona typically starts next to Sun Devil Stadium where Pat Tillman played. It’s 4.2 miles to honor the number Tillman wore. Runners then end the run at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium after running through the tunnels players use to enter the stadium. The 2020 Tillman Honor Run in Arizona will be run as a virtual event in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Tillman Foundation has encouraged people to run by themselves or in small groups and share their experiences via social media. Churchill remembers his first Tillman Run experience. “So we got to run the Tillman Run, and I was blown away,” he said. “There were units running in formation, there were guys running with sandbags on their


Runners gather each spring to honor Pat Tillman and support veterans. (Photo courtesy of Carl Churchill)

shoulders, and there were people running with strollers too because it’s a fun run.” Churchill thought it would a great idea for his business to support the event. He looked online and found there were satellite runs in Afghanistan on military bases and in places scattered throughout the US as well. One of those places was in Washington State where Churchill was stationed at Fort Lewis and where his wife is from. It’s also where Tillman was stationed with the Ranger battalion. The Churchills ran the event, and

Carl was invited to speak to the crowd. The next year, Churchill found that there was a Tillman Honor Run in the Salt Lake Valley. “It was out at Daybreak and there were about 12 people,” Churchill said. “I said, hey guys let me help you. I can get 12 of my buddies to come run with me and we could double the number. We really should honor Pat in the right way. Let’s really turn this into something.” The group worked together and decided to hold the next run at the Churchill’s business in Cottonwood Heights, Alpha Coffee.




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Like the flagship event in Arizona, the run is planned to be 4.2 miles beginning and ending at Alpha Coffee where food and music is planned after the run. “We’ve gotten commitments from a couple military units that they are going to have some vehicles here for people to see,” Churchill said. “We’re going to have music and stuff like that afterwards. It will be really fun. We’re excited for how it’s going to turn out.” The Tillman Honor Run has brought out the best of its participants, who help raise support for the Tillman Scholarship Fund while also honoring Tillman’s legacy. “Last year we had members of the 19th Special Forces group rucking it with 50-pound rucks, so they were walking it with

a huge load on their backs,” Churchill said. “We had people walking their dogs, people were jogging pushing their strollers. I ran the whole thing with the flag last year. “We had an 85-year-old vet walk it, the whole thing, with his daughter, and we had another vet who was on crutches with one leg who did the whole thing on crutches.” The Cottonwood Heights Police Department has played a key role in the event with traffic control and even running in the event. For Carl Churchill, honoring a fellow veteran like Pat Tillman is a source of pride and a way to get the community involved in a cause close to his heart. “He was an amazing guy,” Churchill said of Tillman. “A really special individual.” l

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Access points considered for one of the state’s longest trails By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com


trail access plan for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail within the city limits of Cottonwood Heights was presented by Senior Landscape Architect Rob Donigan from Blu Line Design to the city council on Feb. 6. Blu Line Designs has identified five potential local access points and three potential regional access points for the Bonneville Shoreline Trial. “A number of places that might work have been identified. That doesn’t mean they all have to work, or that they all will,” said Community and Economic Development Director Michael Johnson. Local access points are aimed to serve city residents and are located within residential neighborhoods with limited amenities and parking. They are meant to serve as secondary access points, next to regional access points. The goal is to have a local access point every one to two miles. Typical amenities at local access points may include trail signage and wayfinding, waste receptacles, benches and limited parking. “Local access points would see minimal

improvements and would really just be for neighborhood use,” Donigan said. The potential locations identified for local access points “are mostly dead-end roads or cul-de-sacs that currently have open access to the proposed Bonneville Shoreline Trail Alignment. Most of them have ownership issues as they would be crossing privately owned property. We believe there are opportunities here and the access points are necessary,” Donigan said. The potential local access points identified are on Mountain Cove Circle (the LDS chapel location), 3676 East 8335 South (off of Top of the World Dr.) Golden Oaks Drive (providing access to Deaf Smith Canyon) and the open end of the cul-de-sac on Kings Hill Drive and Kings Hill Place. “We want a good idea of where access will come from, what the impact of those access points will be and what the challenges are,” Johnson said. Regional trailheads are aimed to serve both local and regional trail users. The goal is to have a regional trailhead every one to four

miles. The typical amenities for these include trail signage and wayfinding, waste receptacles, benches and tables, restroom facilities, pavilions, drinking fountains, bike repair stations and parking lots. One of the potential areas identified for a regional trailhead within the city is the gravel pit (6900 Wasatch Boulevard). This potential trailhead could include a plan for a rather large parking area and could be included with the expected recreational hub. The timing of development here could prove to be an issue though. “Whatever development occurs there, hopefully it would accommodate or include a trailhead access point to the north end of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail,” said Donigan. Another potential area identified for a regional trailhead location is the Big Cottonwood Canyon Pull Off (on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, before Dogwood Picnic Area). This area was identified because there is already existing parking with visible and easy access. The last potential area identified for a

regional trailhead is the Ferguson Canyon Overflow (between Prospector Drive and Wasatch Boulevard, approximately 7652 South). Through Salt Lake County, the land is available and it’s easily accessible from Wasatch Boulevard. These regional trailheads would “have restrooms and more meaningful signage,” said Donigan. After Blu Line Design receives some feedback from residents and city staff members, they will begin to evaluate additional factors such as topography and land ownership. From there, they will begin developing preliminary conceptual designs for these access points and trailheads. Eventually, they “will wrap it up into a final proposed master plan document that we can deliver in about six months,” said Donigan. This master plan is anticipated to come before the Cottonwood Heights City Council later this year. “The goal here is to provide meaningful, useful and safe access points to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail,” said Donigan. l

Bonneville Shoreline Trail Access 1 – A public open house was held to provide feedback and direction to potential Bonneville Shoreline Trail access points in February. (Photo courtesy of Cottonwood Heights) Multiple potential sites for local access points and regional trailheads for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail have been identified within the city of Cottonwood Heights. (Photo courtesy of Blu Line Designs)

A master plan for the city’s portion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail will be heard by the city council within six months. (Photo courtesy of Blu Line Designs)

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Spring concert postponed, Wind Symphony celebration planned By Joshua Wood | j.wood@mycityjournals.comv


he Utah Wind Symphony has spent nearly a decade bringing a different brand of classical music to communities throughout the state. The group has performed multiple times in Cottonwood Heights. A concert scheduled for this spring was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the group plans to return in fall 2020 as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. Comprised of wind and percussion instruments, wind symphonies offer a similar experience to larger groups like the Utah Symphony but with a unique sound. Performances typically include more offerings as each piece tends to be shorter than a traditional symphonic performance. “The Utah Symphony is awesome, but we wanted to follow up on groups like the Dallas Wind Symphony,” said Robert Bedont, president of the Utah Wind Symphony board and principal bassoon. “Scott Hagen was the first director almost 10 years ago and it grew like wildfire after that.” The Utah Wind Symphony will celebrate its 10th anniversary in the fall of 2020 with a special series of concerts. The performance on May 6 at Butler Middle School was to be the spring season finale. Each performance offers community residents an opportunity to witness its musicians’ talents. In addition to larger performances like the upcoming fall event at Butler Middle School, the Utah Wind Symphony has provid-

ed music outreach services to schools and other community groups. A quintet from the wind symphony recently played at the Huntsman Cancer Institute as an example of its outreach work. “We provide music for young students and underrepresented groups,” Bedont said. “We focus on promoting the arts and music as a service.” Performers in the Utah Wind Symphony include professional freelance musicians, music educators from about every major university in the state, and graduates of prestigious institutions like Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Bedont taught high school band and is now the marketing manager for the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. “It’s very challenging,” said Kathy Larson, secretary and librarian of the Utah Wind Symphony board as well as its flute section leader. “It’s a little bit different kind of classical music, not mainstream.” Performances typically feature soloists. Past soloists have included Larry Zalkind from the Trombone Eastman School of Music, international soloist Timothy McAllister of the Michigan School of Music, international trumpet soloist Allen Vizutti, and Travis Peterson, principal trumpet with the Utah Symphony. “We’d sure love it if people would come out and hear us,” Larson said. “It’s a different form of classical music.” l

By Bryan Scott | bryan.s@thecityjournals.com The best way to describe this past month is weird. Like many of you, we here at the City Journals watched as the story unfolded in front of our eyes, first China, then the spread, the cruise ships, then the United States, then the state of Utah and Rudy Gobert, it became ever so clear that it was going to bear a heavy toll on local businesses and economy. And it has, with restaurants, gyms, theaters and dentist offices being closed and events being canceled. The pandemic along with the earthquake has taken a heavy toll on the local business, including the City Journals. The City Journals are dependent on local businesses to advertise in the Journals. This is how the Journals have printed newspapers for over 29 years. It wasn’t long after Rudy that we here at the Journals started getting calls from local businesses needing to pause their advertising and people’s attention turned towards dreams of massive stacks of toilet paper in their storage room. We soon realized that being completely dependent on advertising may not be the best way to fund the operations of the Journal. We started brainstorming ways to balance our funding between the two parties that use us, the readers who read the Journals and the advertisers who advertise in them. We knew that we did not want to charge people to visit our websites, we knew we did not want to

have a subscription to the paper, so we decided to just ask our readers for help. To help alleviate this pain we decided we would start by asking our readers to make donations to the paper. Please visit our website (donate.TheCityJournals.com) to donate to the City Journals. We know that many in the community are feeling the same pain as us right now and donating will not be an option. That is OK. You will continue to receive your Journal. For those that can spare a few dollars, we would appreciate it. That said, the best way to help us and the other businesses in the community as well as many of your neighbors would be to maintain your social distance to fight the spread of this pandemic as well as continuing to shop with your local businesses to keep our economy healthy. And remember to help those around you in any way you can, we are all in this together. However, there already seems to be a light glowing on the horizon. The Governor and State have issued a detailed thoughtful plan, the President and the Federal Government have started the flow of economic aid, manybusinesses are still functioning with not much more interruption than an annoyance. Together the residents of Utah will prevail. Sincerely, Bryan Scott

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Brighton boys soccer, mentality of champions By Ryanne Riet | r.riet@mycityjournals.com


righton boys soccer took home the championship last season with hard work, great coaches, and good heads on their shoulders to thank. Their season ended 18-1, with 62 goals scored and a +46-goal differential, leaving these boys walking away from their winning season with heads held high and an incredible amount of pride. “Our success is a direct result of the culture that has been developed in our program,” Coach Brett Rosen said. Ensuring that their priority is the whole team, with no one player as the focus, the Brighton boys soccer team encourages the success and achievement of one another as their own personal key to success. “We support and encourage each other. We push each other,” Rosen said. “We don’t have captains on our team because I believe in a team leadership model where everyone on the team has the potential and the responsibility to lead.” The encouragement and positive attitudes don’t stop on the champion varsity team’s field. You can find the JV and varsity teams on the sidelines at most sophomore soccer games, cheering and offering encouragement to the players who will soon inherit their legacies.


n Feb. 18, the Cottonwood Heights City Council voted to pass Ordinance 340, granting a telecommunications system franchise to UTOPIA. In other words, UTOPIA has now been granted permission to “establish a fiber-optic cable network in, under, along, over, and across present and future public roads, streets, alleys, and other rights-of-way within city limits,” as per the ordinance. This agreement has been in the works for a few years, as UTOPIA first presented their services to the city council on July 10, 2018. During that presentation, UTOPIA was presented as a fiber-optic infrastructure operating on an open access community fiber network. That means UTOPIA owns and manages infrastructure while leasing the service lines to private internet provides who deliver the services. UTOPIA has options to provide their service to residential and businesses. It is expected that every resident and business in the city will benefit from competitive pricing and rising property values. The ordinance grants UTOPIA the “non-exclusive right, privilege and franchise to construct, maintain and

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Coach Brett Rosen. (Photo Courtesy Canyons School District)

2019 UHSAA Champions. (Photo courtesy Christine Yee)

As this year’s team turns their attention to the processes of success rather than the outcome, they are working hard each day to find themselves in a position that would make their predecessors proud. “Winning a championship is difficult.

We lost the best goalkeeper in the state of Utah, the 5A leading scorer, and a senior class full of talent and leadership,” Rosen said. Facing two 6A teams in the preseason to ready themselves for the 2020 season, the Brighton boys soccer team has a bright future

ahead of them. With competitors nipping at their heels for a chance to claim UHSAA’s championship trophy in the 2020 season, the Brighton team is hard at work doing all they can to prepare and condition new players for the fight to come.

Cottonwood Heights: A utopian dream By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com

operate … a fiber-optic cable to supply internet access, cell site back-haul capacity using fiber-optic cables, and leasing of conduit and dark fiber to third parties.” However, the ordinance does not grant the right to “engage in residential cable TV video service or personal wireless service.” In the ordinance, it is stated the UTOPIA is responsible for any and all damages to public property of the city, including trees, bushes and other vegetation. In addition, the city has the right to use “all poles and other structures located in the city’s public ways for fire alarms, police signal systems, emergency communication systems and any other lawful public use.” This agreement will be good for 10 years. After 10 years, the agreement will continue year-to-year with the established terms. To view this (or another) ordinance, visit the city’s website at www. cottonwoodheights.utah.gov and hover over the “your government tab.” Under “Elected Officials” click “Council Actions” for a list of recent ordinances and resolutions. To learn more about UTOPIA, visit www.utopiafiber.com. l

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Work hard, play hard. (Photo courtesy Christine Yee)

Other obstacles presented themselves to the Brighton boys soccer team as all games were halted for a two-week period due to community precaution surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The team will continue to practice and

Brighton takes state championship over Olympus 3-2. (Photo courtesy Christine Yee)

keep their skills sharp as they wait for their season to resume. It is unsure at this time if games missed during this period will be made up, or if they will finish the season a few games short. With Rosen’s 20+ years of experience

on and off the soccer field, he can give his team the tools to build skills that will benefit them on the field, in their growth as a team and in their growth as leaders. Rosen was chosen as UHSAA’s 2019 Coach of the Year.

Only time will tell if the hard work, dedication and resilient mindsets of team and coaches will pay off at the end of the season. “The process begins now and we will continue to improve throughout the year ready to peak in the playoffs,” Rosen said. 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. BLINKERS AND BLIND SPOTS Driving 101. If you plan on changing lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone will appreciate it. Others want to know what you are planning. Likewise, if you see a blinker come on indicating your lane is that car’s desired destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is common courtesy, if we want people to use their blinkers, then we should reward them for doing so. Remember the blinker doesn’t automatically assume safe passage to the next lane. And while your car’s sensors in the rearview mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. TIRE PRESSURE This one is almost as simple as the first. Check your tire pressure on a regular basis to know if there is a small leak. Maybe you 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.

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staff while additional Spanish-instruction teachers will be hired to teach DLI, Svee Magann said. Another advantage to introducing the program at Altara is that many students may now choose to attend Mt. Jordan Middle School, with its Spanish DLI program, alleviating some of the numbers who fill the halls at Indian Hills Middle School, she added. Already Altara’s emails and automated telephone calls are in both English and Spanish as Hispanic students comprise 11% of the current population. “The Hispanic enrollment has had a huge increase in the last seven years I’ve been here,” Svee Magann said. “This program is something the community has wanted and reached out to the board. I thank the board for listening.” The result was from a district DLI committee who had met many times during the past year, said Ofelia Wade, dual language immersion Spanish coordinator for the district. “We studied, analyzed and thought through ideas,” Wade said. “It was a long, worthy process, which we involved the community and explored valid, feasible ideas. Spanish is the highest demand in Canyons district based on a survey we sent to parents and perspective parents.” Another consideration was to house an entire Spanish-speaking school, kindergarten through 12th, in the former Crescent View Middle School building. “In other states, that is a more common structure. We looked at ideas and explored new ways to support our programs long term and make learning accessible,” she said. Earlier this year, Wade and the Canyons DLI program held a parent night outlining testing and other new ways to monitor student progress in targeted languages. Now, parents can access their students’ 2019 language test score results through family access on the Skyward student management system, where they can see listening and speaking scores in third, fifth and seventh grades and reading and writing test results in fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth grades. Proficiency reports will be used in first through third grades. “Usually teachers move at a higher level — they push them, similarly to how you communicate with an infant and toddler and they learn advanced language skills and put words together in sentences,” Wade said. “This prepares them through elementary and into their secondary school years.” In addition, students will be taking the district-wide standard base assessment given three times — August, January and April, she said. l

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his April, many parents of Canyons School District students will be searching their email for notification if their children were placed in the Spanish dual language immersion program in a special springtime lottery. That’s because next fall, Altara Elementary in Sandy and Midvalley Elementary in Midvale will launch Spanish DLI programs. The Canyons Board of Education approved the expansion of the Spanish program in early February after receiving input from those communities and in response to a current waitlist of 93 students wanting Spanish DLI. The waitlist for 2020–21 is at 114 students. Currently, Canyons School District offers Spanish at three elementary schools. In local elementary schools, DLI students spend half their school day learning the English language and half the day learning math, science or social studies in the target language. There are two teachers: one who teaches in English, and one, usually a native speaker, who only speaks the target language to students after the initial months when first graders are enrolled in the program. Next year’s programs at these schools will introduce dual immersion in first grade and a one-time second-grade start, said Altara Principal Nicole Svee Magann. “We’re excited to have dual language immersion at Altara,” she said. “Spanish is a good life skill and it will infuse the school with new energy. Altara is a warm, welcoming place and with our new students and parents, we will give both our dual language learners and our non-dual-language students a chance to learn and celebrate Hispanic culture. We don’t want it to be DLI students and neighborhood school students. We are Altara, and we can all learn from one another.” Svee Magann said it’s a good time to introduce the program at her school since first-grade enrollment is less than usual. An expected boost in enrollment with DLI should help to bring enrollment back up to about 600 students from the current 485. An expected 56 students in first and in second grades are expected at both schools, she said, adding that the lottery for both schools was expected to be held in March. Svee Magann said that although some boundary students will get priority, admission will be a formula factoring the number of students who apply as well as those who are on the waitlist. Midvalley also should be equipped to handle extra enrollment; the new school building that is projected to open this fall is being built for an enrollment of up to 800 students, she said. At Altara, all teachers will remain on

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Area restaurants adopt new strategies during coronavirus crisis By Drew Crawford | d.crawford@mycityjournals.com


n March 18 at 11:59 p.m., Dr. Joseph K. Miner, the executive director of the Utah Department of Health ordered that “all foodservice, restaurants, self-serve buffets, salad bars, unpackaged self-serve food services, bars, taverns, nightclubs, private liquor clubs, and saloons in the state of Utah shall immediately close to members, guests, patrons, customers, and the general public.”  In compliance with the order, restaurants across the state immediately shuttered their doors to avoid large gatherings of people and minimize the spread of COVID-19. This has caused incredibly problematic financial dilemmas for restaurants that often run on tight margins and rely on frequent patrons to sustain their business model. Despite the obstacles that have resulted from this unprecedented crisis, many restaurants around the valley are still offering curbside, takeout and delivery. The website “Curbside Utah” has sprung up to serve as a hub where restaurants can let customers know that they are still open during this time of hardship. The user-friendly interface allows visitors to search open restaurants by city. The restaurants list special instructions for how to order food over phone from each place and pick it up. Small business owners and restaurants

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price range. Businesses that have taken advantage of this feature include Café Rio, Pizzeria Limone, Tucci’s, and Sugar House Coffee. Other small restaurants such as Peppercini’s American Eatery located at 3981 S. 700

East in Murray that rely on their visibility of the customer base from the surrounding office complex to do business have used other creative strategies to appeal to customers. The small eatery has changed its hours and advertised the change on Facebook and Instagram, according to Shay Holton, manager. “Our hours used to be 8 to 3 but we have extended 8 to 8 just with hours being cut in the building,” Holton explained. “We rely on the people that are around us and they’re all working from home. Either they’re too far or not a lot of people know about us right now.” The change comes because the owners thought that getting a few night businesses as customers will help make up for the labor in the morning. Peppercini’s is not currently a member of Curbside Utah but expressed enthusiasm about its potential to help connect to customers. “We feel good about still being able to do pickup and deliveries. We’ll survive once this is over,” Holton said. If you want to eat from any of these restaurants or many more, visit curbsideutah. com or the website of your favorite local restaurant for instructions regarding takeout. l

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Students, parents, teachers respond to online learning amidst coronavirus pandemic By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


rom. State track. International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement testing. Commencement. These were important items on Morgan Miller’s checklist this spring. Instead the Hillcrest High School senior left her lavender spaghetti-strapped ballgown in her closet and canceled the boutonnière for her date once state Superintendent Sydnee Dickson announced March 13 — the day before prom — that all schools statewide were mandated to a soft closure for two weeks as a precaution to the spread of the coronavirus. “I had just wished my coaches a good weekend and drove home from track practice, when I heard the news,” she said. “I didn’t expect schools to close — not after the day before we heard the governor (Gary Herbert) say schools would be monitored.” While Miller’s track coach, Scott Stucki, said she is “favored to medal at state” in the sprint races, her attention is focused on schoolwork and graduation. “I’m worried about IB and AP tests and graduation. I want to have the testing in May as it’s scheduled and graduate in a normal commencement. I’m worried about what is going to happen and if we’ll resume in two weeks. I’ve emailed my teachers and they’re giving us resources, but I have to be self-motivated,” she said. “It’s all kind of been crazy. My prom date and I were at least going to go out to dinner and now the restaurants are closed (to dining in).” Even though Miller had been looking forward to many of the senior year traditions, now she is mostly staying at home — not risking exposure as she has others at home with compromised immune systems, including her grandmother. So, Miller is focusing intensely on her homework — submitting her biology IB assignment by deadline and dropping off her art for the IB exhibit (which she wasn’t sure how it would be displayed) — and admits, she’s worried about calculus. “Math self-study may be a little harder,” she said. “My teacher usually has assignments on paper, not on Canvas (blended



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Hillcrest High senior Morgan Miller, seen here at the region 2018 track meet, is hoping school will resume her senior year so she will be able to compete at state track, take her accelerated tests and walk in her school’s commencement exercises this spring. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

learning platform).” Her teacher, Ken Herlin, said he was working with his professional learning community to make assignments available online as well as in packets for those with limited or no access. “It’s always better to have students in class with face-to-face discussions, but we’re doing what we can,” he said March 16. “Some will do just fine, some may struggle with assignments, but they can send emails and I expect to be in the building the next two weeks so I can answer questions.” Likewise, Stucki, who teaches social studies, has online assignments for his students and may add PowerPoint presentations with extra explanations. “They already have some materials and assignments, but I may have to start a YouTube channel,” he said. “It’s not ideal, but we’re reaching out to our students best we can.” Parent Jeff Pace’s 11th-grade daughter picked up her assignments and materials for her Hillcrest classes on March 16. His other daughter is studying at Canyons Youth Academy and has taken classes online at Utah Connections Academy previously. “School is ending across the nation, and back east, it’s three weeks, not two, so we’ll see if it’s going to get extended here,” he said. “The teachers are doing the best they can given the circumstances. Both my girls are really smart, so I think they’ll do just fine with classwork online.” Bell View Elementary parent Marcie Cano has lined up activities to keep her four

children learning and active during the hiatus. “We have activities — making slime, painting, things to build, making molds of bugs and talking about them, word searches, reading, schoolwork — that they’ll be doing,” she said, adding that between tablets, phones and a computer, her kids will have access to online materials. At Sandy Elementary, parent Katie Bradshaw said she’s expecting her elementary students to pick up homework packets and her Jordan High and Mt. Jordan Middle kids to have homework online, adding that they can check out Chromebooks on March 19. “Canyons is doing a good job, keeping us informed, letting us know what is going on,” she said. For those who don’t have access, Canyons is making computing devices and Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout to students who demonstrate need and don’t have internet access at home. Comcast also is equipping individuals with in-home internet for free for 60 days to help with school closures and distance learning as well as work-from-home initiatives due to quarantines. Sandy Elementary Community Schools Facilitator Isa Connelly passed out materials and also said families can contact all Canyons’ schools for more information on the resources. “It’s a good opportunity for those who don’t have internet to apply and have access,” she said. “We have a lot of packets available as well. We’re wanting our students to keep

moving forward, keep learning.” At Ridgecrest Elementary, parent Jason Foerster said he has heard from his children’s teachers, including those of the two older kids who attend Brighton High. “We will do schoolwork and educational games, and work in some playtime as well,” he said. Copperview Elementary Community Schools Facilitator Jenna Landward said that in addition to homework packets, the teachers and staff will provide additional resources for parents. “We want to be as proactive as we can in our time of soft closure,” she said. “We understand it’s a tough time.” In addition to Canyons alerts, calls and emails, Copperview is communicating through ClassTag to keep parents updated. Looking ahead, Miller isn’t sure what her Hillcrest graduation exercises will look like or if it will even be held. “I want to have a normal graduation. I’ve worked so hard these four years, and pushed myself so hard, especially with IB. I’ve done everything I’ve literally can, so I’d like to wear a cap and gown. Literally, every class gets to walk (in commencement exercises) and have grad night. If we don’t get to, I’d be bummed,” she said. The same can be said for Hillcrest senior Jacob Atkinson. “I don’t know if all the schoolwork I’ve been doing all these years to graduate will mean I’ll just receive my diploma in the mail,” he said. “It’s a little stressful not knowing where we are going from here.” Atkinson had bought a suit for prom and had planned to attend with a group of friends. “I don’t know if prom will be rescheduled or if the tickets can even be refunded if it’s not,” he said. “I had just gotten home from school and saw on Snapchat that my friends had posted school was closed. I looked on the Canyons website that it was legit. I like a little time off of school, but I don’t know what it or anything now will be looking like with all the uncertainty.” Atkinson also was thinking if the soft closure will extend beyond the two weeks, it may potentially cut his senior high school year short — classes, track meets, dances, activities. “I’m taking a lot of concurrent enrollment classes and those and my other classes will be online so I’m not worried too much, but we’re going to miss out on some dances and activities. Given what’s going on, I get it,” he said. “I don’t know if my high school year (on campus) is over at this point or not, but it will be a good story to tell our grandkids.” Note: As of March 19, Hillcrest Principal Greg Leavitt announced that prom would “be held when it is safe.” On March 23, state officials extended the closure to May 1.l

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Online learning replaces Utah’s classrooms By Jess Nielsen Beach | j.beach@mycityjournals.com


n March 23, in an unprecedented move, Utah’s schools and colleges were issued an extended dismissal to May of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than celebrating summer early, students are tasked with online learning where possible. With many schools offering Chromebooks and other resources, Utahns must now figure out the new norm of how to navigate quarantines without sacrificing education. Joann Kozyrev, the vice president of Design and Development at Western Governors University (a private, online university based in Salt Lake City), shared her thoughts on what to expect in the near future, especially for adult learners. “We do think some good things will come out of this,” Kozyrev said. Students of all ages are tasked with online learning where possible rather than the typical classroom setting with “There are things about online learn- school closures. (Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash) ing that people don’t understand and have not taken advantage of, like the gamified nature of being able to check are teachers who are now trying to juggle sign letting your family know that you’re yourself against the standard of online their own children and students more than studying and not to be interrupted. Help quizzes.” ever. kids to have the end goal in mind.” People may be intimidated by the in“I have a baby who needs my attenTeachers are requesting parents to be dividualistic style of online learning and tion, and now that everything is online, cooperative with this new standard. the possibility of procrastination taking my afternoons are maxed out,” said Jes“This is really forcing parents’ hands, hold as it gets easier and easier to push off sica Warburton, mother of three and part- in a sense,” Warburton said. “If you want assignments and tests. time math teacher based in Vernal. “I am your student to get an education, this is “We’re helping with our employees either finishing up things with my kinder- what you need to do to help them. Bottom and our students quite a bit with okay, gartner, trying to help her with her school- line, students thrive with structure, and now your routine is changed,” Kozyrev ing, or planning lessons for my students.” we’re asking parents to help with that.” said. “How can you continue to do all the Another complication can be comWhile education in Utah is looking things you need to do, how can you adjust munication between students, parents and very different now, families should not when you no longer have that carefully their teachers. Where children are used to feel pressure to be perfect or to become crafted schedule, etc.” visual instruction, asking in-person ques- professional teachers overnight. Kozyrev stresses that making and set- tions, or even skimming the written direc“Let’s learn about the ways students ting goals is essential for online education tions, there is no such luxury now. are doing these things and support them,” success. “It’s a learning curve for parents,” Kozyrev said. “Know when to move for“There will be an adjustment period. Warburton said. “They have to now navi- ward and put a plan in place.” We try to make sure that we are always gate websites their students are using and Cabin fever is sure to set in during the focused on the goals we have. We utilize stay in contact with teachers in a way they next weeks and months, but don’t let that the online space to meet those goals.” haven’t before.” discourage you. For adult learners, who are also parIn addition to communication, par“Kids are supposed to be learning ents, this new move to an online-only cur- ents are encouraged to help children how to work together,” Kozyrev said. riculum for their school-aged children is maintain a schedule and stick to it, even “How to connect with each other, and how proving to be a challenge. when they’re not interested. to support each other. I encourage all of Kelsey Bushman is a mother of “Our day is really scheduled,” said us, as parents, to really listen to our kids two and pursuing her associate’s degree Samantha Baumann, a mother of two who and their needs during this time.” through Utah State. is studying biomedical science at Dixie Students and parents alike are encour“My schooling is done online any- State University. “We try to give our kids aged to seek help through their schools, way, so that hasn’t changed too much for a sense of normalcy. We have a school online tools, and through others, who may me,” she said. “I only have one child in start time, and while they do their online also struggle with the new system. preschool, so I didn’t think putting a few assignments, I have lecture.” “Online learning can give us the poslessons together would affect my schedIn terms of suggestions for successful sibility for people to learn in ways that perule; however, I find myself spending the homeschooling, WGU has several helpful haps they couldn’t have before,” Kozyrev only time I have to work on assignments tips as an online college for over 20 years. said. “We’re going to learn something; it’s putting together a decent preschool in“Time management and making just a matter of deciding what we’re going stead.” time and space for learning is essential,” to learn at this time.”Bottom of Form. l In addition to student-parents, there Kozyrev said. “Put on a headset, put up a

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ith public schools closed and many parents working from home for the foreseeable future, many Utah families have a lot more free time on their hands than usual. Parents will probably be hearing a lot of, “What can I do?” from their kids. To help answer that question, we compiled a list of a few apps and online games that are addictively fun, but won’t rot your brain. LIGHTBOT Lightbot is an app for Apple and Android devices that teaches basic coding concepts like commands and loops. It starts off easily enough that elementary-aged students can handle it, but progresses in difficulty to the point where high school students can find a daunting challenge. LITTLE ALCHEMY Little Alchemy is a game that tests users’ creative thinking skills as they combine “elements” like air, earth, fire and water to create new ones. Combining fire and water, for example, creates steam. Combine that steam with the earth element to get a geyser. It’s an open-ended test of ingenuity as you create buildings, weather and even life itself. You can find the game on

the Apple and Google Play Store, as well as a browser version at www.littlealchemy.com. GEOGUESSR GeoGuessr is a browser-based game that challenges one’s geographic knowledge and investigative skills. It utilizes Google Maps’ Street View feature, as it places you in a random location somewhere in the world. Though it doesn’t tell you where it is. Your job is to move up and down the streets of your mystery location, gathering clues to help locate yourself, anything from license plates and flags to street names and the language on signs. Once you have a rough idea of where you might be, you drop a pin on a map and make your guess, then earn points based on how close you are. There are also different modes so you can limit it to just the United States or major metropolitan areas to make it easier. You can play the game at www.geoguessr.com. SPORCLE If you like trivia games but apps like Trivia Crack drive you crazy with how many ads you have to click through just to play, then you should definitely check out Sporcle. It’s a web-

site (www.sporcle.com) with tens of thousands of trivia quizzes on every subject from pop culture and history to sports and geography. There’s even plenty of quizzes for the kids too, like trying to name every one of the 151 original Pokémon, or trying to name the Disney movie based on visual clues. Double the fun by going head to head with a family member by doing the same quiz at the same time. WIKIRACES 3 Have you ever found yourself clicking through a seemingly endless spiral of Wikipedia articles at two in the morning and wound up on an article about something completely random, and then think to yourself, “How did I get here?” Well, this app turns that process into a competition. It gives you a random Wikipedia entry to start with, as well as a target entry. Your job is to click through the links of Wikipedia to try to reach the target. It’s a good practice in relational thinking and (depending on how fast you’re trying to go) you might also pick up some trivia knowledge along the way. You can either play solo, against your friends and family locally or solo, if you want to take your time.

Female senators protest abortion laws By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com


uring Utah’s 2020 legislative session, two controversial bills concerning abortion laws in the state were introduced, amended, voted on and sparked protest.

an performed an abortion on herself, she could face felony charges,” reported Ashley Imlay S.B. 174 from Deseret Senate Bill 174 (SB174) News. would restrict women from H.B. 364 House Bill getting abortions, with limited (HB364) exceptions. Primarily this bill 364 would “prohibit an abortion at would implement any stage of a pregnant woman’s additional necpregnancy, except under certain essary requirecircumstances.” Those certain ments in order circumstances when an abortion for an abortion to would be allowed would be when occur. In Utah, a childbirth would result in death woman must give or a “substantial and irreversible informed consent impairment of a major bodily in order to re- Sen. Ann Millner, Sen. Karen Mayne, Sen.Jani Iwamoto, Sen. Luz Escamilla, Sen. Diedre Henderson function;” when two physicians ceive an abortion. and Sen. Kathleen Riebe made national news this legislative session as they protested bills concerning abortion on the senate floor. (Photo courtesy of Utah State Democrats) agree that the fetus has an abnor- This bill would mality that would be lethal; or the require informed “a doctor who fails to give an Luz Escamilla, Democrat-Dis“woman is pregnant as a result of consent to include: viewing live fetal images ultrasound would face a fine up trict 1) stepped off the floor in rape or incest.” In addition, this bill would of the unborn child, listening to a to $100,000 on the first instance, protest, before the vote was takenact penalties for physicians description of those fetal images, and $250,000 on later instances,” en. Seven days later, the bill died on the floor without a final vote. who perform abortions. If the and listening to an audible heart- reported Imlay. SB174 was recommended abortion did not meet any of the beat of the fetus, if possible. In ACTION On March 10, when HB364 favorable and moved to the floor above criteria, the person who addition, the woman must wait performed the abortion “is guilty 72 hours after to give informed was introduced to the senate floor, with a 10-3 vote. SB174 was all six female senators (Deidre passed by the Senate on March consent. of a second-degree felony.” Abortion Revision was Henderson, Republican-District 2. It was then passed and signed Abortion Prohibition Amendments was sponsored by sponsored by Rep. Steve R. 7; Jani Iwamoto, Democrat-Dis- by the House of Representatives Sen. Daniel McCay and Rep. Christiansen and Sen. Curtis S. trict 4; Karen Mayne, Demo- on March 12. On March 16, the crat-District 5; Ann Millner, Re- final draft of the enrolled bill was Bramble. Karianne Lisonbee. During the bill’s introduc- publican-District 18; Kathleen prepared. l During the bill’s hearing, “McCay clarified that if a wom- tion Christiansen explained that Riebe, Democrat- District 8; and

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ing for help. “We will need cities along the Wasatch Front to aid in a solution that would keep this land as open space,” said Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher when she spoke to the Cottonwood Heights City Council on Feb. 18. Cottonwood Heights City Manager Tim Tingey confirmed that the funding

they will “maintain a protective easement in perpetuity,” said Fisher. In other words, Utah Open Lands would deed the land to the city of Cottonwood Heights to steward. But, Utah Open Lands would retain the conservation easement on the land to protect it as undevelopable open space. “This is a huge deal for Cottonwood

A development plan has been created for the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. (Photo courtesy of Williams Realty)

Utah Open Lands must raise over $1.5 million more to conserve 26 acres of open space. (Photo courtesy of Utah Open Lands)

of $1 million has already been set aside from the city. That money has been reserved from a $1.5 million grant provided by Salt Lake County for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in 2018. “Open space and access to recreational opportunities is important to our community,” said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Mike Peterson. “We have set aside funding for trail creation, trail heads and even land acquisition. This project fits into that source of funds and we will be cheering Utah Open Lands on to get this across the finish line.” In addition, $5,000 of the already-raised funds has come from the community. Anyone from the community can make a donation on the Utah Open Lands website. “One hundred percent of all donations will go towards the purchase of the land,” said Fisher. “Every dollar will demonstrate to city, county and agency officials that protection of this land is a priority. Support from the community will be critical in demonstrating the public support for this project.” If Utah Open Lands is able to raise enough money to purchase the property,

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Heights, as well for people from across the Wasatch Front who love getting out into the mountains,” said Cottonwood Heights Parks, Trials and Open Space Chair Melissa Fields. She envisions the public benefit of this land including regional access points to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Alpenbock Loop. In addition, there is potential to reopen access to foothill canyons that is currently blocked by private property, including Deaf Smith Canyon. The remainder of the $3 million fundraising goal must be raised by June 1 for this campaign to be successful. Utah Open Lands is a 501c(3) nonprofit land trust conservation association whose mission is “to preserve and protect open space in order to maintain Utah’s natural heritage and quality of life for present and future generations.” They achieve their mission by assisting private landowners, government agencies and communities in voluntary preservation of the agricultural, science, recreational, historic and wildlife values of open land. To learn more about this campaign, visit the Utah Open Lands website at www.utahopenlands.org. l

This piece of land in Cottonwood Heights is worth $3 million. (Melissa Fields/Cottonwood Heights Parks, Trials, & Open Space Committee)

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t Bell View Elementary in Sandy, a line for sack lunches had formed by 11:20 a.m., Monday, March 16. At that elementary as well as 12 other Canyons District schools, free bagged lunches are available to all students under 18 years of age through March 27. Schools are not in session during these two weeks, as state Superintendent Sydnee Dickson announced March 13 a soft closure as a precaution to the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, breakfast in Canyons District is not being served. Bell View Elementary parent Marcie Cano is appreciative of the efforts Canyons School District is making with their graband-go school lunches. “The lunches are nice for the kids and parents, who already are providing activities and things to do while keeping kids at home,” Cano said, as she brought her four children to get sack lunches offered in front of the school March 16. “It’s one less thing families need to worry about or prepare.” At Sandy Elementary, parent Katie Bradshaw stepped inside the cafeteria door with her children and nephews to get sack lunches. “It’s good that they are providing the lunches; our schools are being helpful and trying to be in control of things they can be at

By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com this time,” she said. but the staff quickly made more sack lunches. at our school and other schools (who weren’t Sandy Elementary Food Services Man“We were told to start with 10, but we distributing lunches, but had already thawed ager Debbie Nook said more children had had 56 in the first 20 minutes,” she said. “We out the meat) sent theirs over.” come for the meal than what was estimated, started with the thawed-out ham and turkey At Midvale Elementary, in addition to ham and turkey sandwiches, the food services staff prepared soy butter sandwiches, and added in chips, oranges, carrots, string cheese and milk. “We made 251 lunches,” Food Services Manager Sandra Anderson said. “We took 120 to the Road Home (shelter), which we will do every day, and then had 131 come to school.” That’s less than the 650 students they feed at lunchtime, but more than the 220 they serve during the summertime. Midvale STEM brain booster teacher Debora Johnson said the numbers also included Midvale Middle and Hillcrest High students who may have walked their siblings to the school at lunchtime. At many schools, such as Bell View and Hillcrest, in addition to lunch distribution, there were food items being distributed to help families in need so they could prepare additional meals. Hillcrest, as well as Copperview Elementary staff, also encouraged students to take books to read for enjoyment that were A student smiles in appreciation for her grab-and-go lunch at Bell View Elementary, one of 13 sites across donated or discarded from school libraries. “We want our students to have access to Canyons School District that is distributing free bagged lunches to all students under 18 years of age during the two-week soft closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Julie Slama/City Journals) books while schools and libraries are closed,”


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ver look down at your umpteenth slice of plain pizza and wonder if there’s something tastier? Bhinda Singh can relate. After 10 years of serving authentic Indian food, Bhinda discovered a food relationship that began a restaurant. In a fit of inspiration, Bhinda created curry sauces to use as a base for pizzas. He soon opened Bhindas Curry Pizza Palace in Southern Utah. And it was a hit! So much so that he has since opened multiple Curry Pizza locations: South Jordan (1086 W. South Jordan Parkway), West Valley (2927 S. 5600 West), and Bicknell, Utah (125 N. SR 24). Opening soon are locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Sacramento, California. Upon entering a Curry Pizza restaurant, you pause momentarily to breathe in the smell of fresh-baked pizza and a wave of fresh spices. As you make your way up to the counter, your eyes glance over the menu on the wall: it’s three pages long. As your eyes wander for a landing spot to start reading, they notice the specialty curry pizza options like the Chicken Tikka Masala, Glazed Paneer, Mushroom Goat Curry, Mango Korma, Thai Peanut Chicken Curry and

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the Bhinda Special. After reading through the specials, you wonder if you should trust the chef or craft your own pizza. The construction options are tempting, as you can choose from the signature naan crust, vegan or keto crust, or a cauliflower or broccoli crust, slathered with sauces such as honey curry, tikka masala curry, makhana curry, buffalo, pesto, sweet and spicy mango, and so on. The toppings list is two long columns of offerings like chorizo, bacon, tofu, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, ginger, pickled jalapeño, serrano pepper, goat cheese, vegan cheese, fenugreek, almond slivers, and fresh chopped basil. But, maybe you’re not feeling adventurous today, so the classic pepperoni or supreme pizza are always an option.   After making your final, or close-to-final decision on what to order, you make your way toward the friendly pizza assemblers who have been waiting for you to soak in the menu. A quick exchange of words and they pull out a small metal plate with a freshly-rolled out naan, waiting to be topped and baked to lightly-charred perfection. A ladle of sauce is swirled evenly on the uncooked naan. As the rest of the toppings are assem-

bled, you notice Guy Fieri’s face spray painted onto a pizza stone, a memento to Curry Pizza being featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on Season 29. The “Cultural Twist” episode is still airing. As your personalized pizza is transferred from its prep tray and skillfully slid deep into the blazing oven via a long pizza peel, you can see garlic naan breadsticks and a tray of chicken cooking next to the open flames. After finalizing the transaction, you sit at a small table, leaving the big tables for groups and admiring the outside patio space. While doing so, you notice the artwork placed carefully on the walls. The world map made of spices is both interesting and beautiful. Finally, you’re united with your food. Perhaps, you ordered the Bhinda Special. As you take your first bite, the balance of bold and fresh flavors from the red and green onions, ginger, garlic, and jalapeños with the more delicate flavors of cauliflower and umami-punching mushrooms bring the entire flavor profile together on the comforting curry and naan base. Or perhaps you ordered

the Mango Korma. As you go in hastily for your second bite, you notice how the curry base helps accentuate the sweetness of the candied bacon, while the butternut squash and chicken tikka lend a savory complexity that will keep any fruit-on-pizza-hater deeply satisfied.   Curry Pizza is a restaurant designed to get customers acquainted, or reintroduced, to Indian food. As recommended by many happy reviewers, this is quickly becoming a must-try for Salt Lake diners. Curry Pizza is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To order online, visit their website at: www.currypizzautah.com. Curry Pizza has both carry-out and curbside options as well as delivery through GrubHub.

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Copperview Elementary Community School Facilitator Jenna Landward hands a 5-year-old student a book to read and keep during the two-week soft closure of schools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

said Jenna Landward, Copperview Elementary community school facilitator. “We will have new books available for students every day.” Copperview, after the first 30 minutes on March 16, had served 70 lunches to students. At Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, food service served 85 lunches March 16 and 77 in the first 50 minutes on March 17. “We didn’t know how many lunches to start with,” Lunch Manager Darci Yardley said, adding that the school doesn’t serve students in the summer so they couldn’t use that number for projections. “The principal suggested 50 as a good place to start. Today,

we planned for 100.” The lunches were similar to those at Midvale Elementary: soy butter and jam sandwiches, chips, apples, carrot or broccoli sticks and milk. Turkey sandwiches already had been distributed. Parent Jason Foerster, who brought his young children in for a sack lunch, said they like coming to the school to get the grab-andgo lunches. “They keep asking, ‘When are we going to get a burger in the sack lunch?’” he said. “I told them it’s like a sack lunch they get on field trips, but they said the burgers could still be in them, just wrapped up in foil.” For a listing of locations, see www.canyonsdistrict.org/covid-19. l

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