Salt Lake Community College and United Way of Salt Lake are working together to help students succeed. For several years, SLCC students, faculty, and staff have volunteered at UWSL community schools and at volunteer events. Here are a few of their stories.
SLCC STUDENTS TUTOR AT KEARNS HIGH
Dozens of SLCC students have tutored in UWSL community schools for several years. Last year, Dr. Daniel Baird’s technical writing course even started a math tutoring program at Kearns High School. Now in its second year, SLCC students visit Kearns high once or twice a week to work with students in class and one-on-one to improve their math skills.
Kearns High School serves 2,400 students, and nearly 50 percent are minorities and 70 percent qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. Recently, graduation rates climbed to 84 percent! Additionally, Dr. Baird is a frequent volunteer at UWSL’s Day of Action and Stuff the Bus events!
SLCC GROUP SPEAKS DURING GRANITE PARK JUNIOR HIGH’S COLLEGE WEEK
Last month, Nish Modi, a student at SLCC, contacted UWSL for a group service-learning project. Granite Park Junior High happened to be hosting College Week and needed college students to speak to the 7th graders about the importance of going to college. Granite Park is rich in diversity with speakers of 44 languages representing 60 countries. About 90 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
Nish said this about his volunteer experience:
“I volunteered for United Way for a business communications class. I found United Way and contacted them about volunteering in a school. We volunteered at Granite Park Jr. High speaking to 7th graders about the importance of college and the importance of getting good grades now to make it easier to get into college. I spoke about the challenges I faced getting into college and getting in the motions that college brings. I spoke about my favorite things about college and why college is college! The students had many questions and I could tell they were very interested in what I had to say and about my experience. Even though I signed up to volunteer for college credit, I walked away with so much more. The students reminded me why I am in college, and seeing the glitter in their eyes made me feel like I did so much more than just volunteering. I would do it all again!”
SLCC STAFF DECORATE COOKIES AT SANDY ELEMENTARY
On December 4, Jen Seltzer Stitt, the director of community relations at SLCC, organized a team of 15 SLCC staff members to volunteer with UWSL. They spent a couple of hours at Sandy Elementary’s “Shark School,” playing games and making reindeer cookies with students in the afterschool program. About 63 percent of the Sandy Elementary students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, and 21 percent are English Language Learners.
Thank you, Salt Lake Community College, for Living United!
For more info, check out this post on working with UWSL by Emily Jessop, a Student Leader in Civic Engagement (SLICE) at the SLCC Thayne Center for Service and Learning.
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