Busi­nesses help­ing chil­dren through read­ing pro­gram

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For one af­ter­noon ev­ery month, the Nebo Com­fort Sys­tems team puts away their tools, shuts off their com­put­ers and heads back to school. In a part­ner­ship with United Way, the Nebo Com­fort Sys­tems Com­mu­nity of Car­ing Pro­gram pur­chases enough books to send one home with each of the stu­dents, then heads to school to read with them. Nebo’s employees look for­ward to their time read­ing with the stu­dents as much as the kids do.

“We love read­ing to the kids,” said Robert Moore of Nebo Com­fort Sys­tems. “They are so much fun and they get so ex­cited about tak­ing their new book home to share with their fam­i­lies.”

Colin Logue of Utah Av­enue In­sur­ance has also been a long-time par­tic­i­pant with United Way’s read­ing pro­gram. He reads monthly with stu­dents at Bar­nett El­e­men­tary School in Payson.

“My heart fills with love each time I walk into a class­room and the kids run up to me with hugs,” Logue said. “How do you put that into words?”

“Help­ing kids de­velop a life­long love of read­ing is one way we can have a huge im­pact in their lives,” noted Lorene Moore, di­rec­tor of Nebo Com­fort’s Com­mu­nity of Car­ing Pro­gram. “I love see­ing my fam­ily at home to­tally ab­sorbed in a good book. It’s one of those ‘mis­sion ac­com­plished’ mo­ments for me.”

United Way pro­grams al­low busi­nesses all over the coun­try to find ways to give back to their com­mu­ni­ties. Stu­dents who de­velop their read­ing skills when they are young are more likely to achieve suc­cess dur­ing their school years and in their adult life. With more than 17,000 stu­dents in 26 el­e­men­tary schools in Nebo School Dis­trict, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to be able to make a huge dif­fer­ence.

“When I ask them about the books I’ve brought and they can tell me all about them, I know they are tak­ing them home and read­ing them with their fam­i­lies. I know I’m ac­com­plish­ing some­thing really won­der­ful,” Logue said.

Read a book to a child, and you open their world to imag­i­na­tion. Give a child a book, and you open their imag­i­na­tion to worlds.

“Be­ing able to give back to this com­mu­nity that we love is what our Com­mu­nity of Car­ing Pro­gram is all about,” Moore said. “Read­ing with the kids is one of our fa­vorite pro­grams. It’s cer­tainly one of the most per­son­ally re­ward­ing.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about how your busi­ness can part­ner with United Way, go to www.unit­ed­wayuc.org or send an email to lovet­tem@unit­ed­wayuc.org. For more in­for­ma­tion on de­vel­op­ing a Com­mu­nity of Car­ing Pro­gram for your busi­ness, send an email to lorene@nebo­com­fort­sys­tems.com.

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