Wayfair Orem Employees

Orem's Wayfair employees recently donated blankets and crocheted animals to American Fork Hospital.

Wayfair employees donate items to AF Hospital

Wayfair employees based in the company’s Orem office recently spearheaded a community initiative in American Fork. The employees made nearly 40 hand-made blankets and more than 30 hand-knit crocheted animals in an effort to create a more comfortable environment for hospital patients that come into the American Fork Hospital.

According to organizers, the items will mostly be delivered to children that are brought into the hospital with serious trauma. Often times, these children are transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital, and it’s nice for them to wake up with a special blanket/toy.

“The effort is part of Wayfair’s mission to bring the comforts of home to local citizens across the country, and our team is excited to do just that in a place that’s close to where we work every day. American Fork Hospital is an outstanding medical institution, and we are pleased to contribute to the amazing work they are doing with a gesture that’s small but impactful,” said Charlie Wolf, Wayfair’s employee engagement specialist in Orem, who led the initiative.

Provo Library hosts Big Guy Little Guy

Every year, the Provo City Library transforms its ballroom into a colorful, creative spectacle for the Big Guy, Little Guy program to help kids learn and have fun in the library. This year’s theme, Superhero Training Academy, invites energetic children ages 3 to 12 to hone their super skills from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 24 in the library ballroom.

“It’s an hour of crafts and activities for the more adventurous sort of kids,” said Joella Peterson, children's services manager. “There will be food and activities that get kids to move around and have fun.”

Each one-hour session will include a Bat Cave Obstacle Course, face-painting, costumes, games and crafts. Tickets are $5 and include all activities, snacks and a book. All little guys must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who must also have a ticket.

Technology grant open to local teachers

The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program is a competitive grant open to PreK-12 public and private school teachers in CenturyLink's residential service areas. The program, funded by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, is designed to help teachers innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

The foundation will consider requests of up to $5,000 submitted by full-time classroom teachers, and applications will be accepted from Oct. 1 until Jan. 12, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their application status by May 15, 2017.

Schools do not have to be a CenturyLink customer to apply but must be located in a CenturyLink service area where CenturyLink provides residential phone service.

Past grant winners have included money for Chromebooks for 3-D designing projects, Lego Robotics projects and transforming classrooms into science labs.

Concert promotes teen mental health awareness

In an effort to promote better teen mental health awareness, Jason Lyle Black, known as the Backwards Piano Man, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Mountain Ridge Jr. High in Highland. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door and are $15 and only $10 for students.

Black’s performance will benefit the J. Wesley Foundation. The J. Wesley Foundation was founded last year with the loss of J. Wesley Buckner.

Wes was a very talented artist and his family wanted to share his love of music with others. Last year, the foundation’s first concert was held and enough funds were raised to give away four pianos to deserving youth in Utah and Idaho. This year, the goal is to raise enough money for a college scholarship for someone majoring in the fine arts, and to give away one piano to a deserving young artist. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.