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Startup Santa and how books can help children this Christmas

Beehive Startups plans to help children this holiday season through one simple action — giving books to kids.
Beehive Startups plans to help children this holiday season through one simple action — giving books to kids.
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Beehive Startups plans to help children this holiday season through one simple action — giving books to kids.

In this week’s Beehive Startups podcast, which you can listen to here, host Clint Betts finished his conversation with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and provided information about a new project called Startup Santa, “a program to get books into the hands of children,” according to the podcast’s website.

Startup Santa is the brainchild of Beehive Startups and United Way.

Betts said this project will allow the Silicon Slopes community to provide books to children in need through a book drive. “Companies can compete by donating as many books as they can,” said Hannah Priego, a member of the Beehive Startups team.

Betts said Startup Santa began when he was in a meeting with United Way. He told the charity organization that he could use his Beehive Startups business to inspire tech companies to help the community. United Way suggested focusing on books for children.

The project asks people to donate books or even volunteer to read to children. Startup Santa readings will last from Dec. 5 to 15.

“The fact that one out of every 300 children from low-income families has access to a book is unacceptable and Startup Santa is looking to help that problem,” Betts said.

More information can be found on the Startup Santa website.

Betts also talked with the lieutenant governor on his experience giving speeches and how he feels about living in Utah.

“I get to travel the state of Utah and see people on their best days and there are a lot of best days happening right now in the state of Utah,” Cox said. “The stuff you guys are doing at the Silicon Slopes is just incredible and is not getting enough attention, but it’s starting to get its due.”

Cox also highlighted the importance of education and diversity, as it gives people better points of views to help them succeed later in life. He said Silicon Slopes culture can help improve the state by providing solutions for improving Utah’s education.

You can listen to the rest of the podcast below: