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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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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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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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"I want the students to know, they can do anything!"

by Kylie Christensen Community School Director, Granite Park Junior High Danny Stirland has been principal of Granite Park Junior High for the past three years, and he’s done a phenomenal job focusing on student growth and fostering a safe and positive school culture for the 500+ middle school students. In July he’ll be transitioning into […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

by McKenzie Knight Volunteer Engagement Coordinator On Thursday, March 2, students across the nation celebrated Dr. Seuss Day. Each year on Dr. Seuss Day, also known as National Read across America Day, students and teachers celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading and participating in literacy-based activities — some even dress up as their favorite Dr. […]

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Proud Moments for Guadalupe School!

by Cassie Bingham Communications Specialist \ Corporate Volunteer Relations Guadalupe School It was a proud moment for Guadalupe School earlier this school year when executive director Richard Pater informed staff that he had received a letter from the Utah State Board of Education announcing that Guadalupe had “made the most progress of any school in […]

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1-800 Contacts Hosts Holiday Party at Oquirrh Hills Elementary!

by MacKenzie Knight Corporate Engagement Advisor During the months of November and December, United Way of Salt Lake hosts dozens of holiday volunteer projects that benefit the kids and families in our community. Many of these opportunities take place at UWSL community schools. This year, 1-800 Contacts volunteered to host a holiday party for the students […]

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Reaching the Goal of Self-Actualization in the Food Desert

by Abram Sherrod Lincoln Elementary Community School Director In 1943, Abraham Maslow published “A Theory of Human Motivation” in the Psychological Review. The premise was simple, but it would shape the way we view human development from that point on. Maslow’s premise is based on the idea that in order to develop and achieve happiness […]

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Giving Change a Chance: A Perspective of Community Schools

By Isael Torres Community School Director, Kearns Junior High school If you need a reason to hold out hope that everything is going to be ok, I would ask you look up from your social media feeds and look to the students and families who fill the hallways of our community schools! Twenty-six community schools serving 19,804 students […]

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