United Way of Utah County visited MX HQ to present our Founder & CEO, Ryan Caldwell, with a gift for supporting local efforts to increase children literacy rates in our community.
Partnered with United Way, MX provided more than 130 books for Angel Tree recipients in addition to other gifts through United Way's Sub for Santa program. We also provided 100 students with new school supplies, including new reading books, for a local elementary school.
According to United Way, many children who struggle with reading don't have access to quality books at home, so making sure that they have a home library is a critical step in helping them read better.
Literacy is important because only 45.6% of third graders in the state of Utah scored proficiently on language arts section of SAGE testing (2014-2015 school year), which translates to about 1 in 5 third-grade students are not reading at grade level. Even more staggering is that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four to six times more likely to drop out of high school.
“We were thrilled to partner with MX for their holiday volunteer project. Each element of the project, from the laptop donation for the after school program to the new book drive for Angel Tree recipients, was designed to have a long-term impact on the community. All of these elements work together to give our children a good start in life,” Bill Hulterstrom, the President and CEO of United Way of Utah County.