Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah supports all types of different organizations that we highlight in our Healthier Together partnership.
In this one, we are talking about the Granite Education Foundation.
The Granite School District is unlike any other district in Utah. The district covers 257 square miles and has 90 schools and more than 64,000 students.
54 percent of these children live at or below poverty line and 65 percent are food insecure.
Over 70 percent of Utah’s refugees live in the Granite District and over 100 languages and dialects are spoken by students.
This uniqueness creates sets of opportunities and challenges within the classroom.
This is where the Granite Education Foundation comes in to reduce barriers to student learning.
Programs include food assistance, student aid, basic clothing, hygiene kits, dental assistance, vision assistance, and vacation assistance.
Each year, the Foundation provides aid to over seven percent of all students in the Granite School District through their elementary and secondary Santa Sacks program.
Santa Sacks content is purchased and assembled entirely by volunteers.
This year’s elementary Santa Claus bags include a fleece blanket, winter hat and gloves, socks, school supplies, book, stuffed animal (for the younger ones), toothpaste and a toothbrush, hair care kit for girls and gender and age-specific toys.
Secondary Santa’s bags this year include a drawstring bag filled with a deck of playing cards, a student weekend kit (shelf life meals and snacks), a complete hygiene kit, socks, a book, school supplies, hand sanitizer and a $ 25 gift card.
These are modest gifts for most children, but for the children the Foundation serves, this is probably all they will receive and some of them have never received a gift in their lives.
The Granite Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity, which means it relies on charitable contributions to provide program services, including vacation assistance.
For more information or to donate, please visit granitekids.org.