March 2017 Around Town 2

Communities Talk

By Nevah Stevenson On Monday, January 23, youth from seven Draper schools came together to chat. The subject matter was weighty, but the format was a creative approach that appealed to young people. The “Communities Talk” event, sponsored by the Draper Communities that Care Coalition, drew a packed house. Hosted at Juan Diego Catholic High School, the event featured late show style “talks” with a student emcee and a living room set. Topics addressed included serious issues facing youth such as drugs, alcohol, E-Cigs, depression and suicide. Each school presented their chosen topic in creative, interactive fashion. Thank you to Mayor Troy Walker, Chief of Draper City Police Bryan Roberts, City Council members and the Coalition for their support and commitment to Draper City youth.

Broadway Family Favorites!

The Draper Arts Council Presents Broadway Family Favorites 2017: Witch Point of View. The show will run March 16, 17, 18 and 20 7 p.m. at Corner Canyon High School Auditorium, and brings together talent from all across the Salt Lake Valley to put on a Broadway review style of show, directed by Valaura Arnold. For tickets: DraperArtsCouncil.org

Canyons District Athletes 
Win in Sports, Academics

For those who doubt regular exercise keeps the brain sharp, consider Exhibit A: CSD’s Academic All-State honorees. The Utah High School Activities Association’s Academic All-State Award is given to students who excel in the classroom as well as on the court, or in the pool. Four CSD winter athletes were recognized for the 2016-2017 school year:

4A Boys Basketball, GPA 4.0
Ammon Savage, Corner Canyon

5A Girls Swimming, 3.999 GPA
Haley Wiese, Jordan

5A Boys Swimming, 3.999 GPA
Todd Oldham, Jordan

4A Boys Swimming, GPA 4.0
Alvin Tsang, Hillcrest

These athletes boast a combined average GPA of 3.999, and they bring to 23 the total number of CSD’s All-State honorees in 2016.

Flipping School Lunch: 
‘Play Before Eat’

Anyone who follows education has probably heard of flipping the classroom, a model that entails having students watch video lectures at home so that they can use classroom time for discussion or group projects. But Canyon View Elementary is taking things a step further and flipping school lunch — joining a small, but growing number of schools across the country that are sending kids off to the playground before inviting them inside to gulp down a carton of milk with their PB&J.

At Canyon View, the practice has cut food waste in half, because kids work up an appetite and no longer feel rushed to get outside and play, said Principal BJ Weller. “We’ve found it very beneficial to our students. We’re seeing fewer health complaints. They have more energy and seem more focused and willing to learn.”

Research also has shown that students attending schools with “reverse lunch” schedules make healthier food choices. One study found a 54 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption.

Students Spread Awareness about Charcot Arthropathy

By Haylie DeMercy and Emma Sidel–president and co-president of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) at Corner Canyon High School–who are working on an awareness project that educates the community on Charcot Arthropathy, a rare disease that effects 6% of Utah’s population.

Charcot Arthropathy, also known as Charcot Foot, is a progressive neurological disease of weight bearing joints, but mainly affects lower extremities. Walking on a joint suffering from Charcot greatly increases the chance of fractures and dislocations. Charcot foot occurs in patients with neuropathy resulting from diverse conditions including diabetes mellitus, leprosy, and other diseases. Charcot patients are often misdiagnosed or are left waiting years before they receive a proper diagnosis. Symptoms of Charcot foot include redness, swelling, pain, fractures, dislocations, deformities and instability–which causes most patients to become wheelchair dependent or have an amputation.

This disease also affects people emotionally–through isolation, depression and the loss of independence. Because it is an invisible disease–something that people can’t identify–many patients are constantly questioned about their need for handicap spaces or wheelchairs. After interviewing several people, we learned that one of the biggest hurdles Charcot survivors face is judgement in their community. Kristy DeMercy, a Draper resident with Charcot states,“I have an invisible disease that cripples my life greatly. If I was in a cast people would have no judgement–but because I don’t, people don’t think there is anything wrong with me.”

By spreading awareness and expressing the difficulties that a Charcot survivor faces, we hope to create a more supportive and knowledgeable community. There is no cure for Charcot Foot, however, by making our city aware, we hope to encourage kindness and positivity.