The University of Utah's annual "Dress for Success" clothing drive is May 29, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clothes for men, women, plus-sizes, maternity, and children are needed. Shoes, ties, belts, jewelry, handbags, hats, and socks are also appreciated.
Clothes should be clean and in good condition. Donations will benefit Women Helping Women Clothing Closet, The Road Home, Crossroads Urban Center, Alliance House "Clubhouse Store," and "Our Store" thrift shop operated by People With Aids Coalition of Utah.
Donations can be dropped off curbside at University Student Apartments, 1945 E. Sunnyside Ave. (850 South).
Aspiring children's authors workshop set
Published authors and artists will teach how to write, illustrate and publish books for children and young adults at a workshop at Brigham Young University in Provo on June 8-12.
Registration for the five-day seminar is $460 and includes all workshops and breakout sessions. Registration for afternoons only (1:30 to 4:30 p.m.) is $120. Both packages include the Thursday evening banquet, keynoted by author Tracy Hickman. Two semester hours of teacher in-service credit are available to those attending the full workshop; one semester hour is available for afternoons only.
The workshop is open to anyone over the age of 16; infants and children are not allowed. For more information or to register, visit wifyr.byu.edu, or call the 801-422-2568.
Deadline extended for Nature High camp
Deadline for applications to the Nature High Summer Camp, a camp for high school students interested in learning more about natural resource management, science, and agriculture has been extended through May 29.
The camp hosted by the Bureau of Land, Management, is based at the Great Basin Environmental Education Center, on the Manti-LaSal National Forest in Ephraim, and runs July 13-18. Students will learn about forest ecology, practice soil sampling techniques, sample water quality, evaluate ecosystem health, learn about natural resources careers and how to apply for seasonal jobs, and tour nearby Snow College.
Registration is $50 and includes meals, lodging and supplies. Scholarships are available.
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Tooele students top anti-tobacco contest
Marinda Swan and Kaedyn Crabtree of East Elementary School in Tooele won Best in Show honors for a TV ad concept showing children dressed as a brain, heart, and lungs who talk about how they wish their "owners" wouldn't smoke.
The students won $400 and saw their ad professionally produced and presented at the awards ceremony.
Their entry was among 7,000 in the Utah Department of Health's annual anti-tobacco advertising contest.
Other winners included:
TV » First place, Rebecca Dixon, Bountiful Elementary; second place, Whitney Lewis, Koosharem Elementary; third place, Nicole Grant, Upland Terrace Elementary, Salt Lake City.
Radio » First place, Starsha Clark, Monroe Elementary, Annabella; second place, Lukas Woolman, Rose Park Elementary, Salt Lake City; third place, Brynlee Malan, Sara Harper and Aspen Jarvis, Riverdale Elementary, Ogden.
Billboard » First place, Marshall Simmons and Sam Johanson, Sunset Elementary, St. George; second place, Kade Bushnell, Ephraim Elementary; third place, Mason Torgersen, Koosharem Elementary.
Schools get healthier, gain recognition
More than 200 elementary schools received Gold Medal School recognition, and 9 junior high or middle schools received the Power-Up recognition for making policy changes to inspire faculty, students, and the community to be more active and eat more healthily.
More than 2,000 students in those schools will be honored in special assemblies and each school will receive a plaque or trophy and a check from the Utah Department of Health to use for their physical activity, nutrition, or tobacco prevention measures. The Gold Medal School program is now operating in nearly all of Utah school districts
New study program at Grande Staircase
Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is launching its Field Institute with two courses focusing on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
From June 24-26, Jan Gillespie of Cal State Bakersfield and Alan Titus, the monument's staff paleontologist, will team teach "Geologic History of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument." The course will combine lectures and field trips to explore 200 million years of geologic time. Course fee is $200.
Artist Linda Feltner will lead "Through an Artist's Eye" on the Escalante portion of the monument, Sept. 26-29. The course combines practice and critiques with an eye toward building "confidence in the use of materials and development of drawings and paintings", according to Feltner. Course fee is $780.
Both courses qualify teachers for Continuing Education Units in cooperation with Southern Utah University. Sign up by visiting http://www.gsenm.org" Target="_BLANK">http://www.gsenm.org or by calling 435-644-4388.
Jordan teachers, students honored
The Jordan Education Foundation recognized 10 educators and 9 high school seniors at its annual banquet earlier this month.
The teachers included Michelle Willden, Bingham High School; Susan Stephan, Brookwood Elementary; Angie Drope, Crescent Elementary; Sheri Ebert, Eastlake Elementary; Amy Bateman, Eastmont Middle School; Eric Murdock, Hillcrest High School; Geordie McLeod, Mount Jordan Middle School; Todd Monson, Oquirrh Hills Middle School; Gayle Whitefield, Riverton High School; and Lisa Kolstad, Valley High School. Each teacher received $1,000 and an engraved award.
Student recipients, who received a $2,000 scholarship to the school of their choice, were Mamie Green, Alta High; Fernando A. Picasso, Bingham High; Jordan Levet, Brighton High; Heather Love, Copper Hills High; Ashley Patlan, Hillcrest High; Connor Lester, Jordan High; Lane Baker, Riverton High; Talon Smart, Valley High; and Natalie Tartali, West Jordan High.