Woods Cross High breaks ground for new teen center
Students experiencing homelessness at Woods Cross High are one step closer to having access to their own teen resource center. The groundbreaking for the center was held Dec. 14 near the football field.
“The teen center at Woods Cross High School will serve our students in a variety of ways, providing safety and dignity,” said Woods Cross High Principal Deanne Kapetanov. “Students will be more able to focus on their schoolwork with these resources. We appreciate the generous donors who have made this dream a reality. Our community is a better place, thanks to wonderful people who care about our youth.”
What’s truly special about the Woods Cross Teen Center, is that it is 100 percent community funded. After hearing about the need for the facility, the Davis Education Foundation saw an outpouring of support from community members and organizations.
“The community has stepped up in a huge way to support students experiencing homelessness at Woods Cross High,” said Davis Education Foundation Executive Director, Jodi Lunt. “These children face unimaginable challenges and this center will provide them with a place to consistently receive assistance and take care of some of their most basic needs.”
The Davis Education Foundation would like to extend its gratitude to partners who contributed to funding the center, which include: Big West Oil, Lakeview Hospital and staff, Big O’ Tires, Murdock Chevrolet, BCG Development, Brighton Homes, Boyer Company, Badiee Development, Brandon Blazer, Gardner Batt and numerous other individual donors.
Bailey Construction was awarded with the bid to build the center, which will be completed by the end of the school year. The Woods Cross High Teen Center is part of a larger construction project that includes new restrooms and a concession stand for the football field. The school district is responsible for the cost of that section of the building, while the teen center is funded completely by community donations.
More than 1,300 students experience homelessness in Davis School District, 300 of whom are high school students. With help from community partners, the Davis Education Foundation is removing barriers to learning for these children by constructing resource centers at high schools in the district. These centers provide students in crisis with a safe place to shower, launder clothing, access hygiene items, use a quiet study area and make connections to vital education and community resources. The goal of these centers is to take care of basic needs, keep students in school and equip them with lifelong skills that will prevent cycles of chronic homelessness.
The first center opened at Clearfield High in April 2021 and is serving between 50 and 60 students a week. Apart from Woods Cross, four other centers have started construction at Layton, Northridge, Mountain High and the Renaissance Academy. Estimated completion for those centers is summer of 2022.