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Draper Elementary’s 40th  Birthday

By Tamara Uzelac Hall

Happy Birthday Draper Elementary! In 1974 the growing town of Draper and D. Clayton Fairbourn, President of the Board of Education, saw the need for a larger “open classroom” style elementary school. The Draper Park School was no longer sufficient to house the current student body and ground was broken on a new school in 1975.  After a year of construction and several construction delays, the school was still unfortunately not ready on August 31, 1976 as promised. Earlier that spring, in an effort to get rid of the old furnishings, students were allowed to buy their own desks and chairs for a minimal price. New desks were purchased and were actually transferred by the students into the new school when it opened in late November. Together teachers, students and faculty packed up the old school and moved into the new one. It was an exciting day, especially for the Kindergartners whose classroom guinea pig just happened to give birth to triplets the very day they moved in. Draper Elementary was met with mixed reviews but the words from Principal Drew sum it up best: “The feelings I am getting expressed to me about our new building from the students and faculty members are: they love it!” (Draper Paper, December 1976) And we love it too! Here’s to 40 wonderful years and many more to come!

Draper-Riverton Rotary Car Show

By Linnea Lindgren

Hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, motorcycles, as well as Draper resident Ardell Brown’s world-class collection of 200-plus automobiles, will be on display at the annual Draper-Riverton Rotary Car Show Classic on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is held outdoors at Ardell Brown’s Ranch, 865 E. 12000 South in Draper.

Tickets available at the show are $8 for adults, $6 for children over 5 and $26 for a family of four. All proceeds generated from the show go toward community-based Rotary projects, including high school scholarships and the Dictionary Project, which provides personal, paperback dictionaries to all third graders in local elementary schools. Proceeds also help international humanitarian projects, most notably water and sanitation improvements in Mexico and Guatemala.

Rotary members hope for a variety of vehicles and encourage car collectors and auto clubs to register their vehicles between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Motorcyclists are also welcome to show off their bikes—an eagerly awaited new feature this year. The family-friendly event also includes concession stands, a silent and live auction and activities for children.

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Canyons District is home to the first middle schools ever to receive STEM designations—a reflection of their strong focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nineteen schools in Utah received the designation—and Draper Park, Mount Jordan and Union were the only middle schools. Sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education and the STEM Action Center, the designation program was created by the Utah Legislature to define the ingredients for the quality of STEM instruction needed to prepare students for college and 21st Century careers. “The designation serves as an indicator for members of the public who are looking for STEM school experiences in Utah K-12 education,” says the STEM Action Center’s website.