Station Casinos announced the donation of $160,000 to support both The Public Education Foundation’s distance learning initiatives and Three Square Food Bank’s “BackPack for Kids” childhood nutrition program.
The donation exemplifies Station Casinos’ ongoing commitment and partnership to both organizations. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Station Casinos’ “Smart Start” school program that supports some of the Clark County School District’s most in-need schools.
“The education, safety and wellbeing of our community’s citizens is always top of mind for Station Casinos, especially when it comes to the valley’s children,” said Bob Finch, Chief Operating Officer for Station Casinos.
“During these trying times, our commitment to the community is stronger than ever and these funds will ensure that our Smart Start teachers and students are receiving the resources and nutrition they need to succeed.”
Station Casinos and Three Square Food Bank
Station Casinos’ contribution of $50,000 will benefit Three Square’s BackPack for Kids program.
One in three children in Southern Nevada is now living in a food-insecure household and during the school year, thousands are eligible for free and reduced-price meals through the Clark County School District.
BackPack for Kids provides bags of nutritious, single-serving, ready-to-eat items to children who might otherwise go without on weekends, long breaks from school and during the summer months. This program is one of several under Three Square’s umbrella of childhood nutrition programs.
“Inadequate nutrition in childhood has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child’s cognitive function, often leading to underperformance in school and lower academic achievement,” said Three Square Food Bank President and CEO Brian Burton.
“Thanks to the incredible support from Station Casinos, Three Square is able to provide an additional 150,000 meals to children in need, ensuring they have the energy needed to continue growing and learning on weekends or long breaks from school.”
Station Casinos and The Public Education Foundation
Station Casinos’ $110,000 contribution to The Public Education Foundation will help some of CCSD’s most at-risk schools participate in pioneering programs developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic so teachers and parents can succeed in a digital learning environment.
The 11 elementary schools in the Smart Start program will have the opportunity to have parents participate in The Foundation’s virtual Family Learning Program, which provides parents with three weeks of instruction on commonly used technology platforms such as Canvas and Clever to close the digital divide faced by some parents. The program also provides tools to support student learning at home, and also how to work with their children on social-emotional concerns that are increasingly occurring as students learn at home.
The schools also will have the opportunity for teachers to participate in The Foundation’s new Digital Leadership Institute, which provides training on best practices to successfully engage students and families in distance learning.
The program helps teachers create a child-focused online culture that promotes rigorous application of academic standards to real-world tasks. The Digital Leadership Institute also provides strategies and tools for effective communication in an online environment.
“We are grateful to Station Casinos for their long-term commitment to our public schools,” said Judi Steele, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Public Education Foundation. “This donation allows us to strengthen the home-school connection at a time when it is needed most.”