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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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Op-ed: School Accountability Measures are a Reflection on All of Us

Read the Original Article Utah’s most recent school accountability results have just been released – using a new framework to provide a more in-depth picture of how students are doing in every school in the state. This framework informs both the policy debate at the legislature – as well as recent discussions at the local […]

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USHE employees packed 13,000+ snack kits during their annual giving campaign

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake For Utah System of Higher Education’s annual giving campaign last November, Ashlynn McCarter said the organization wanted to do something different. The chairman for USHE’s employee engagement committee said her colleagues wanted to not just give an annual pledge this year, but also give […]

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How Utah 2-1-1 Goes The Extra Mile In Times Of Crisis

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Day in and day out, Utah 2-1-1 take calls from people across the state, connecting them to resources and services to help in times of difficulty. But when Hurricane Florence wrecked havoc on the east coast last year, Utah 2-1-1 came to the aid […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why Utah 2-1-1 Matters

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake In celebration of National 2-1-1 Day, we at United Way of Salt Lake want to share the many reasons why Utah 2-1-1 positively impacts the people of our state. 2-1-1 provides Utahns with a starting point to find assistance when fiscal, health, or social […]

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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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United Way of Salt Lake’s Community Schools Goal: Help Students Learn, Thrive

Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. It’s entirely natural. Indeed, 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 opportunities because of their family’s financial […]

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United Way of Salt Lake: Helping Parents Gauge A Child’s Development

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 director. “We want all parents to know that they are equal […]

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Why Fully Expanded Medicaid Matters

Are you currently healthy? Are you and your spouse able to work and provide for your family? Are your children healthy enough to focus and learn during the school day? Health is easily taken for granted until you or your loved one doesn’t have it anymore. For many Utahns, taking a sick day means losing […]

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Help put #UtahKidsFirst during the 2019 Legislative Session

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager for United Way of Salt Lake The 2019 Legislative Session is here, and United Way of Salt Lake knows that many of the issues that will be addressed this year will impact our quality of life in Utah, particularly for those living in poverty. For years, UWSL has been dedicated […]

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