It was the worst school bus accident in our nation’s history. Now, a permanent memorial stands in South Jordan’s Heritage Park to remember the 23 students and bus driver who died when a Jordan District school bus was hit by a train at a railroad crossing without safety arms. Click on the image to read what one young survivor wrote about his experience on the bus that fateful day. In addition, you can view news coverage of the historical event below.
When students at Welby Elementary decided to do something to benefit other children over the holidays, they put their creative hats on and came up with something very special. Thanks to donations by parents and the hard work of students who crafted home-made ornaments, Welby has a beautiful holiday tree at the annual Festival of Trees. The festival traditionally raises more than a million dollars for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center. The Welby tree is themed after the school’s holiday musical, ‘Yes Virginia.’ Congratulations to everyone involved in this wonderful service project. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.★
The Nov. 26 Board meeting summary is now available and can be viewed at www.jordandistrict.org/board/meetings/summary/2013-11-26/. ★
It’s been 75 years since a Jordan District School bus was hit by a train on a frigid November morning. The tragedy left a bus driver and 23 students dead, with many others seriously wounded. It was a day of great loss, but also a catalyst for change in our nation regarding laws requiring safety arms at railroad crossings. As a community comes together to remember and honor those who died, the city of South Jordan has unveiled a permanent monument in Heritage Park to commemorate the bus crash of 1938 and all the families affected. We hope this will give everyone pause to reflect on the past and pray that a tragedy of this magnitude never happens again. Take a look at this video tribute to those involved in the crash produced by the city of South Jordan. Pictures of the commemoration ceremony are on our Facebook page. ★
The Insurance Department is hosting a Medicare meeting Jan. 9, 6 p.m., at the Auxiliary Services Building. The meeting will cover costs, who is eligible, how social security works with Medicare, and how gaps in Medicare can be filled. Employees will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to Medicare experts. ★