Big Buddah from the local TV station, FOX 13 News Utah, went to Daybreak to find out why they were chosen as the Cool School of the Week.
The goal of Daybreak Elementary school includes PRIDE – meaning patience, respect, integrity, dependability and excellence. They have many good programs for the children besides basic curriculum.
The students perform a play every year, and it is often one from Shakespeare. This year they are performing Romeo and Juliet. They don costumes and learn the language of Shakespeare. They also learn the dances of that era. They learn about LARP (live action roll playing).
The school also has an orchestra with various students playing the violin, cello and bass. It is very impressive.
The they also learn to play the recorder and to use proper recorder etiquette, which does not include flipping of hair. They must have good posture. It is being incorporated into their school play about Utah history this year.
The mascot for the Daybreak Elementary School is a dolphin. He often leads the school in their Fun Run in the Spring. All the students involved wear a t-shirt that says Fun Run. They run for money that goes back to their school, donated by the parents and friends. If you donate 20 dollars, you get a mini shoe and if you donate 50 dollars, you get to go in the money machine. It is not a competition, but many kids act like it is, as they want to be first. Everyone gets a popsicle.
The fourth grade has a goal to initiate the Utah State domestic animal to a golden retriever, since there is none at this time. They researched online to find that the golden retriever is the most common dogs for families in Utah.
Dancing is also offered at the school which is considered kinesthetic learning to help with math, social studies, science and reading.
The school has a program called Break into Reading where parents are encouraged to read with their children for 30 minutes a day.
There are many more reasons why Daybreak Elementary School is cool, but these are just a sampling of them. They also have great teachers, principal and students.