Read Across America Day — United Way Salt Lake
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Join us in celebrating Read Across America Day’s 25th anniversary on March 2!

Throughout the month of March, thousands of students and hundreds of volunteers will dive into stories of rainbow fish, magical forests, and cats in hats. Join United Way of Salt Lake and the Young Leaders in sharing the whimsical world of literature with students across the Wasatch Front.

You or your company can get involved by volunteering for literacy activities in schools, sponsoring classroom or school reading projects, or donating to help get diverse and inspiring books in the hands of kids!

Volunteer Opportunities

Family Literacy Night

School: James E. Moss Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, February 23rd | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Volunteers Needed: 5 – 10

About: Reading just six minutes a day can help reduce stress by up to 65%. With your help, families will learn literacy games to play in the home and receive a book to take home and read with their kids.


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Family Literacy Night

School: David Gourley Elementary

Date/Time: Monday, February 27th | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Volunteers Needed: 6 – 8

About: As a volunteer, you will help run literacy activities, information stations, and read to students and their families.



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Breakfast & Books

School: James E. Moss Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 7:20 am – 8:45 am

Volunteers Needed: 10 – 20

About: As a volunteer, you will help to pass books and donuts to students and families. There will also be students who do not have an adult that can join them for the event and they will need a buddy – that's where you come in!


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Community of Change Makers

School: Clayton Middle School

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 8:00 am– 2:30 pm

Volunteers Needed: 3 – 6

About:  Students will spend 5-weeks reading biographies and learning about influential people who have changed the way things have been done. You will join several English classes and lead discussions with students surrounding their findings.


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Dragons Love Tacos

School: East Midvale Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Volunteers Needed: 25 – 50

About: As a volunteer, you will read the book "Dragons Love Tacos" to students and then help classes create their own stories. These stories will be shared with parents through video readings and eventually bound in a booklet.


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Book Cover Chalk Art

School: Midvale Middle School

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Volunteers Needed: 5 – 15

About: As a volunteer, you will help each group of students with their chalk drawings while discussing your favorite books and characters!


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Community of Cultures

School: Midvale Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Volunteers Needed: 36 – 45

About: Students will spend time learning about various cultures and how incredible our unique experiences are!



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Why We Read

School: Mill Creek Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 9:45 am – 10:00 am

Volunteers Needed: 10 – 13

About: Help students understand the importance of literacy by sharing how you use reading in your daily life. Whether it's at work, with your family or simply just for enjoyment, come share your love for reading with the students at Millcreek Elementary.


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Book Exchange

School: Midvalley Elementary

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2nd | 10:30 am – 1:20 pm

Volunteers Needed: 3 – 5

About: Promote literacy and reading at home for pleasure by helping out at the school's book exchange!



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Study With Your Stuffy

School: Sandy Elementary

Date/Time: Monday, March 6th | 12:45 pm– 3:00 pm

Wednesday, March 8th | 12:45 pm – 3:00pm

Volunteers Needed: 5

About: As a volunteer, you will read with Kindergarten/1st Grade students and their newly "adopted" stuffed animal.


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