December 2014

Teddy Bears Abound

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Deon Youd, Photo by Sharla Barber
SFHS students donate hundreds of stuffed animals to children in crisis situations
Alli Lemon donated the most bears to this project

Hundreds of teddy bears are on their way to women's and children's centers all around Utah thanks to the generosity of Spanish Fork High's Leterman's Club and student body. This year's annual Teddy Bear Project brought in more than 600 stuffed animals to be given to children pulled from their homes because of a traumatic situation. The toys give comfort to children in these circumstances.

This year, SFHS teamed with Canyon Elementary and Spanish Oaks Elementary for a total of 1500 stuffed animals. Alli Lemon, president of SFHS's Letterman's Club donated the most: 164 stuffed toys.

The Letterman's Club has been involved with this project since 2008. Since then Spanish Fork High School has collected more than 5000 stuffed animals for women's and children's crisis centers.

 

Spanish Fork Students are Learning by Doing

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FFA students learn about turkeys
FFA students learn about turkeys
FFA students learn about turkeys
FFA students learn about turkeys
FFA students learn about turkeys

Spanish Fork FFA students had the unique opportunity to not only raise over 400 turkey poults this year but were able to participate in the processing of the birds from start to finish.

As part of the Utah Junior Turkey Show, each student was able to purchase up to twenty turkey poults to raise during the summer. Each student raised the poults at different facilities in Nebo School District. At harvest time, the students transported the birds to Bothwell, Utah, to the processing plant owned and operated by the Utah FFA and 4-H organizations.The students were not only able to watch the facility in operation, but they were able to participate in several steps of the total process. Students unloaded the birds, applied identification tags and weighed each bird.  The students placed them in an ice bath for two hours to drop the carcass temperature. After the ice treatment, the students removed the birds and pulled any additional pin feathers and removed the identification tags to apply permanent labels to the plastic shipping bags. The students were in charge to vacuum seal and heat shrink the packaged birds for delivery to the refrigerator. Because the facility is state inspected, students were not allowed to participate in all of the operations but were able to view the process first hand.  Most of the students had pre-sold their birds and were able to deliver them just in time for Thanksgiving. This event was a great opportunity for students and advisors to be actively involved in their projects from start to finish and learn some great new skills along the way. There was a lot to talk about with peers and parents when they returned home from this road trip!

Participants:Lindsey Olsen, Kamrey Olsen, Kaitlin Hallam, Taylor Tomadakis, Katie Thomas, Wyatt Jensen, Kassie Christensen, Tristen Langford and Advisor Jim Lotspiech