22 Salt Lake Area Schools Celebrated Read Across America Day 2022


This year’s Read Across America Day was a huge success. A generous match from Maverik helped the Young Leaders reach the goal of raising $20,000, and with more than 5,000 books donated in over 20 languages, we were able to support 22 schools in promoting literacy and a love of reading, including in-person events at 14 schools!

Activities included organizing a new multi-lingual library at Olene Walker Elementary, volunteering at Midvalley Elementary's first-ever book exchange, and participating in a discussion panel focused on equity within our community at Clayton Middle School.


Want to know more? Here’s a look at Read Across America Day by the Books:

  • Number of Books Donated: 5,032
  • Number of Volunteer Events: 14
  • Number of Schools Served: 22
  • Number of Volunteers: 150+
  • Number of Volunteer Hours: ~200
  • Number of Languages Represented in Books: 20+


Volunteer groups from five companies and organizations supported projects:


We had one of our most diverse years yet in terms of languages, with 23 represented in donated books:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Samoan
  • Persian/Farsi
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Swahili
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Arabic
  • Somali
  • French
  • Cambodian
  • Portuguese
  • Tamil
  • Tibetan
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Burmese
  • Dinka
  • Urdu
  • Nepali
  • Mandarin
  • Karenni


And schools celebrated diverse cultures by reading that celebrated traditions, people, and names from around the world. Check out some of the books we read

Take a look at some of the scenes from our Read Across America Day (and beyond) events:

Help spread a joy of reading all year long. Find a mentor or tutor opportunity at uw.org/mentor.



By Jessica Gezon, Sr. Content Writer at United Way of Salt Lake