February 24, 2014
Author: Jerilyn Stowe

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Tuesday, February 24, 2014


Contact: Jerilyn Stowe | 801-736-7709, jerilyn@uw.org




SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of Utah elementary students will be heard rhyming in unison this Friday as they participate in Dr. Seuss Day, part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative.

Organized by United Way of Salt Lake, more than 100 volunteers from JCPenny, CHG Healthcare, and other companies will read with students at elementary schools throughout Salt Lake County including Oquirrh Hills Elementary, Granger Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Elementary, and Guadalupe School. 

Volunteers will also participate in a number of other Seuss-inspired activities, including school-wide assemblies and educational games. Some volunteers have even tapped into the spirit of the event and will come dressed in Dr. Seuss-themed outfits, including the Grinch and Cat In The Hat.

The national event, now in its 17th year, is designed to encourage students to find the fun in reading. This message is especially important to these elementary schools involved – all Title 1 schools, where 70-90 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch. Nearly all these students face economic or language barriers, creating additional academic challenges for them to overcome.

Each participating elementary school is a Community School and United Way of Salt Lake Neighborhood Center. The Centers serve as a community resource for students, families, and the broader community by creating a web of support focused on education, and integrating other services, such as financial stability, health and basic needs programs.




WHEN:                       Friday, February 28, from 9:15 a.m. to noon

WHERE:                     Oquirrh Hills Elementary School, 5241 S. 4280 West, Kearns

CONTACT INFO:   Heather MacDonald, Volunteer and Community Engagement Director; 801-736-7715, Cell – 801-493-9798 or heather@uw.org



United Way of Salt Lake is working to advance the education, income, and health of our neighborhoods and communities to ensure that every child succeeds, every step of the way, from cradle to career. We invite everyone to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate, and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. Join the conversation by visiting our blog at uwslhub.org, or find out more at uw.org.


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Jerilyn Stowe
Vice President of Marketing & Communication
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