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Day of Action gives school custodial staff support to start school year right

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When the final bell tolls on the last day of school, students rejoice at the chance to step away from the bustling hallways, looming project deadlines, and exams to enjoy summer break. But the summer months are anything but quiet on the Cottonwood High […]

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10 Steps to Host a Successful School Supply Drive!

By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake Host a school supply drive and help United Way of Salt Lake Stuff the Bus! We want to ensure that students enter the classroom in August with the tools they need to succeed. We’ve put together 10 steps for how to host a […]

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UWSL announces its 2018 Changemakers

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake announced its United for Change Changemaker award honorees for 2018. United Way will honor Gail Miller, owner and chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies; the Promise Partnership Regional Council’s Co-Chair Kirk Aubry, and Founding Co-Chairs Martin […]

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National Volunteer Week projects provide more ways to give back through UWSL

By Donna Andrews, volunteer with United Way of Salt Lake I started volunteering with United Way of Salt Lake because I felt it was my time to give back to my community. UWSL offers such a variety of community projects to select from with flexible hours available. There will be even more opportunities to volunteer […]

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UWSL summer learning loss work taking strides toward improving literacy

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When Oquirrh Hills Elementary School in Kearns, Utah added a literacy block to its summer learning program in 2014, no one thought it would eventually spark a cross-district effort to prevent summer learning loss and improve literacy. The 90-minute reading section, which focuses on […]

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And that’s a wrap!

The 2018 General Session ended Thursday and had us biting our nails to the end. Overall, children and families fared well this session. Here are some of the notable results: Thanks to all of your support, HB380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments sponsored by Rep. Brad Last and Sen. Ann Millner PASSED! The final vote […]

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Introducing the new Women United Chair!

As we kick off another new year celebrating and supporting women and girls in our community, I am so happy to pass the torch as chair of Women United to Colleen Larkin Bell, Vice President and General Manager at Dominion Energy. Colleen has been a supporter of Women United for over 10 years. As a leading […]

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"All students can learn, and TOGETHER we’ll make it happen."

The motto of South Kearns Elementary where I teach is, “All students can learn and TOGETHER we will make it happen.” My name is Grace Morrell and I am a fifth/ sixth-grade science teacher in Granite School District. I have one of the best jobs because, with you, I make this goal a reality. When deciding which career […]

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The Impact of Day of Caring!

United Way of Salt Lake’s 25th Annual Day of Caring took place last week on Thursday, September 14. As always, the wonderful volunteers and agencies that participated on Day of Caring had an enormous impact on our local communities! More than 3,000 volunteers from 90 local companies spent nearly 15,000 total hours completing 100 one-day […]

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Breaking Language Barriers in South Salt Lake!

by Meredith Muller Cottonwood High School Community School Director South Salt Lake is a community rich with diversity. Our residents come from all over the world and speak over 40 languages. Our schools are microcosms of our world, allowing learning beyond the classroom between students and families. It does however create one challenge: communication. Finding someone […]

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Granite Park Junior High’s A-Staff Builds Bridges!

Kylie Christensen Granite Park Junior High Community School Director Granite Park Junior High’s Announcement Staff (A-Staff) have a big job! They film, edit, and produce Granite Park’s daily announcements. The idea was born in 2010 by Dr. Chun, the principal at the time. He wanted students to share a little bit about their country and […]

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Fighting Chronic Absenteeism: Using Data to Create Change

by Rob Hatch Strategy and Learning Coordinator UWSL is committed to improving student outcomes and college readiness for all children in the Wasatch Front. This is big work. The kind of work no one organization or group of people can hope to accomplish on their own. UWSL recognizes this, and has embraced the philosophy of […]

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Community Schools – What Happens When School is Out for the Summer?

by Maribel Rodriguez Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School Director “If school is out, don’t you get the summer off?” This question always comes up with teachers, school staff, and the many partners we work with; and, it is a valid, good question. This will be my second year with United Way of Salt Lake as […]

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Guadalupe School Students Repay Community Generosity

by: Megan Anderson, LCSW Guadalupe Charter School Social Worker The students of Guadalupe Charter School have gratefully received support from the community throughout the years. In response to the generosity of others, students in the Summer School Program have been eager to find opportunities to give back as well. This summer students participated in a […]

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Stuff the Bus 2017 Impacted 11,296 Students!

Stuff the Bus, United Way of Salt Lake’s back-to-school backpack and school supply effort, wrapped up this week, and – wow! – was it a success! Here are some fun Stuff the Bus facts for your enjoyment: 11,296 – # of students who benefit because of Stuff the Bus donors and volunteers! 46 – # […]

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Dealertrack and Others Support Students for Stuff the Bus

by Stephanie Rokich Volunteer Engagement Manager Stuff the Bus donations are in, and 78 companies, nonprofits, government agencies, community groups, scout troops, and individuals donated 130,378 school supply items! Juana DuPratt works for Dealertrack, a company with a culture of giving back to the community. She organized her company’s online school supply drive. Here’s what […]

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25 Years of Day of Caring

by Kenzie Knight Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Day of Caring 2017 will be held on Thursday, September 14. Day of Caring through the years: United Way’s role in Day of Caring is to connect corporate and community groups to projects hosted by local organizations in the four counties which we work. United Way of Salt Lake […]

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Paula Green Johnson: Recognizing a Decade of Service

by Paula Green Johnson Community Advocate With heartfelt appreciation, we recognize Paula Green Johnson for her 9½ years of service as a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors. Throughout her time on the Board, Paula served in numerous capacities: as Chair for both the Government and Ethics and Public Policy Committees, […]

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Buy a Box of Crayons, Give a Box of Crayons!

by Stephanie Rokich Volunteer Engagement Manager Students in Granite School District return to school on August 21, and Canyons students go back on August 23. With school starting in less than a month, Back-to-School shopping season has begun, and that means we need your help! Now through August 2, drop-off new school supply donations at the […]

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Helping Students See Success

by Newton Gborway Community School Director As a Community School Director at West Kearns Elementary, one of the most rewarding moments is working with parents, students, and staff. Added to that, working with diverse partners within the community is a great effort that pays off as well. One of our partners, Utah Partners for Health, provides […]

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Volunteers Help 2,700 Kearns Kids Return to Squeaky Clean Schools!

by Stephanie Rokich Volunteer Engagement Manager Next month, 2,300 Kearns High students and nearly 400 South Kearns Elementary students will return to their schools, ready for a new year to begin. Do you remember the first day back to school? The anticipation (or perhaps, anxiety!) of starting a new year, meeting new people, and learning […]

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An Insider’s Introductory Guide to Community Schools

by Abram Sherrod Community School Director Year one is officially in the books and the one thing that I’m certain of is the community schools model is highly effective and impactful. At face value, the concept of community schools seems simple. In order to be a highly effective community school, one needs to be able […]

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“Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one”

by Rosemary Mitchell Community School Director This is the last thing that students at South Kearns Elementary hear at the end of every school day over the intercom. But on the last day of school, it didn’t hold true. Without a summer school program, most of our 340 students will not step foot in our […]

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Running United!

by Megan Richards Business Development Manager What could inspire anyone to meet up with their co-workers at 3:45 a.m. on a Friday?? The Reebok Ragnar Relay Race, of course! Last week, me and 13 of my craziest colleagues loaded up into two vans to conquer this 200-ish mile relay race, along the beautiful roads of […]

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Tyler Garcia…Fighting for Food – and YOU can help!

by Steve Whatcott Community School Director In the last two years, food pantries have opened at both Kearns and Cyprus High Schools. Hundreds of students and families come to these pantries each year for food and other basic supplies. Many are students who miss breakfast or lunch or who, at the end of the day, […]

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