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Guest Blog: Getting the Most out of Your Student’s Summer Learning

Summer programs across the Wasatch front and a neighbor in the Wasatch Back (Park City) are unifying forces to help reduce summer slide. We’re not saying that we’re at parks and pools blocking off the best ride of all time. No! Especially not in the summer! Were talking about the infamous summer slide that makes […]

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Smart Smiles: Putting Kids Oral Health First

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Many of us take routine dental care for granted—it’s just something you have to take care of every six months. And while it can sometimes seem like a minor annoyance, the overall benefits of maintaining one’s oral health far outweigh the dentist’s semi-annual lecture […]

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How a Free Pair of Glasses can Improve a Child’s Education

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake John entered third grade at David Gourley Elementary in Kearns as blind as a bat. He seemed shy, anxious, and slightly withdrawn from his classmates, and during computer class, he would have to sit at the teacher’s desk so he could see assignments on […]

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Kearns Community Schools Create Summer Learning Packets to Prevent Learning Loss

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake West Kearns Elementary was in a bit of a bind coming into the end of the 2018-2019 school year. With classes winding down, Community School Director, DeLayna Wilhelmsen, realized West Kearns needed to make a plan to keep its roughly 700 students engaged and […]

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Guest Blog: Attending a United Way of Salt Lake community school helped me build a path to success

By Nour Bilal In July 2013, there was a knock on the door of my family’s home in Syria. It was the army. They were coming to arrest my dad for reasons that were never very clear to us – that’s the way things were in Syria, and still are for many. My dad was […]

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More Students are Graduating from Cottonwood High with the Help of United Way

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake When students graduate high school prepared for college and careers, they’re more likely to have better employment and earning potential. That’s why United Way of Salt Lake works to promote educational opportunities for all students throughout their school career, as well as help break […]

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Help UWSL’s Kearns Community Schools Spread the Word About Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Being ready to learn in kindergarten is a game changer for kids. When they are kindergarten ready, students are more likely to have a foundation that supports future learning and better health. But many parents in the communities United Way of Salt Lake serves aren’t […]

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Partner Reading is Giving Struggling Students a Chance to Succeed

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Erin Butler’s third grade students at West Kearns Elementary are diving into reading head first. They are reading chapter books, working through story problems in math and science, and starting to think critically about every other subject they’re covering in school. But for about […]

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Midvale Students Making “Great Leaps” in Literacy Thanks to Savage Volunteers

By: Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Savage believes in being a good neighbor in the communities where their team members live and work. It’s one of the Midvale-based company’s pillars, and a reason for its long-standing relationship with United Way of Salt Lake. So when given the opportunity to volunteer […]

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United Way of Salt Lake Plays A Key Role In Mentoring, Developing – Just Ask Nour

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 things are in Syria,” Nour said. “There is a lot of […]

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