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Five ways you can make an impact this holiday season

The holidays are here, and many families in our partner schools and communities need extra help this time of year. Here are five ways you can help us spread some holiday cheer: Fill the Boots: Provide winter boots (Youth size 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) filled with warm socks, craft items (like Play-Doh), […]

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Give thanks, then give back this #GivingTuesday

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes time to reflect on and take stock of all that we have and appreciate in our lives. But for many families across the Wasatch Front, this time of year can be a strain […]

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How parents can gauge their child’s development

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement […]

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Elementary STEM Endorsement helps teachers prep students for the future

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake At the start of school every year, Grace Morrell gives her fifth and sixth graders a survey to fill out. The South Kearns Elementary science teacher asks them a series of questions about herself and their past science experience, like “if I wasn’t a […]

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Children’s career fair inspires Lincoln Elementary students to “dream big”

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake There is a big misconception about when kids actually start to think about what they want to be when they grow up, said Milton Collins, principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Although students are asked from the time they can talk about what they want […]

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Community Schools: Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. The start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students, especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same […]

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Nour fled Syria in hopes of a better future. Her mentor showed her that future was possible.

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Nour was barely a teenager when an unexpected knock came at the door of her family’s home in Syria. On the other side were armed soldiers — there to arrest her father for reasons they never bothered to make particularly clear. “That’s the way […]

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New summer program gives South Kearns students chance to explore STEM

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Linda sat alone at a desk in the front row of a South Kearns Elementary classroom, her rounded rectangular glasses reflecting her laptop screen that displayed the latest project for her storytelling through coding class. The rising sixth grader was coding a short story […]

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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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Five ways you can make an impact this holiday season

The holidays are here, and many families in our partner schools and communities need extra help this time of year. Here are five ways you can help us spread some holiday cheer: Fill the Boots: Provide winter boots (Youth size 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) filled with warm socks, craft items (like Play-Doh), […]

Read More
Give thanks, then give back this #GivingTuesday

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes time to reflect on and take stock of all that we have and appreciate in our lives. But for many families across the Wasatch Front, this time of year can be a strain […]

Read More
How parents can gauge their child’s development

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement […]

Read More
Elementary STEM Endorsement helps teachers prep students for the future

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake At the start of school every year, Grace Morrell gives her fifth and sixth graders a survey to fill out. The South Kearns Elementary science teacher asks them a series of questions about herself and their past science experience, like “if I wasn’t a […]

Read More
Children’s career fair inspires Lincoln Elementary students to “dream big”

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake There is a big misconception about when kids actually start to think about what they want to be when they grow up, said Milton Collins, principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Although students are asked from the time they can talk about what they want […]

Read More
Community Schools: Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. The start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students, especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same […]

Read More
Nour fled Syria in hopes of a better future. Her mentor showed her that future was possible.

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Nour was barely a teenager when an unexpected knock came at the door of her family’s home in Syria. On the other side were armed soldiers — there to arrest her father for reasons they never bothered to make particularly clear. “That’s the way […]

Read More
New summer program gives South Kearns students chance to explore STEM

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Linda sat alone at a desk in the front row of a South Kearns Elementary classroom, her rounded rectangular glasses reflecting her laptop screen that displayed the latest project for her storytelling through coding class. The rising sixth grader was coding a short story […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More

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