EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

Layton High’s Teen Resource Center set to open Wednesday

Sep 27, 2022, 6:30 PM | Updated: Dec 30, 2022, 11:16 am

Voters in Davis School District will decide in the upcoming election on a $475 million bond that th...

Voters in Davis School District will decide in the upcoming election on a $475 million bond that the district says will not raise taxes. (Photo credit: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.)

(Photo credit: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.)

LAYTON, Utah — A community ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday for a newly completed Teen Resource Center at Layton High School. 

The event will be held at the high school, located at 440 Wasatch Drive in Layton, at 3 p.m.

The Teen Resource Center also referred to as The Connection Center, is the fifth such facility to be built within the boundaries of the Davis School District. Centers were recently opened at Clearfield High and Northridge High. Additionally, the other centers are at Mountain High and Renaissance Academy, both in Kaysville.

“The Connection Center is an amazing resource for the students at LHS,” said Lisa Glassy, Layton High family advocate and Connection Center coordinator in a news release.

“It’s a different world and these kids need a place where they can feel safe and have access to support and resources. Thank you to all the donors and the community for seeing the need and helping to make this happen for our students,” Glassy further said.

Teen Resource Center

The center was built inside the school, thus allowing students access to it during school hours. Additionally, it will provide students who are at risk or experiencing homelessness with an opportunity to have a safe place to shower and wash clothing. The center will also have a full community food pantry.

“Student homelessness is a quiet, but pervasive issue in Davis County,” said Jodi Lunt, executive director of the Davis Education Foundation in a news release.

“These children lack access to the very basic essentials that we all take for granted. Teen centers help to provide students in need with those essentials, while maintaining their safety and dignity. More than anything though, they facilitate hope and connect these kids to a caring adult who can help navigate their challenges,” Lunt said. 

According to a press release, Layton High students raised more than $57,000 for the project during their 2021 holiday fundraiser. 

The press release also states that a center will be opening in the near future at Woods Cross High School. Additionally, fundraising efforts have begun for additional centers at Syracuse, Viewmont and Bountiful high schools. 

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