Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Golden Gaming and Clark County READS Enhance Library at John F. Mendoza Elementary School

LAS VEGAS — The Public Education Foundation’s literacy initiative, Clark County READS, and Golden Gaming are replacing outdated books in the John F. Mendoza Elementary School library with new nonfiction books.

Golden Gaming has donated $10,000 to enhance the library with almost 600 new nonfiction books through the Clark County READS Library Enhancement Program.

To recognize the donation, an hour-long celebration will be held inside Mendoza’s library on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. Mendoza Elementary is located at 2000 Sloan Lane in Las Vegas.

“Literacy and education are vital to the development of our children, and Golden Gaming is proud to support Clark County READS and the opportunities it provides to students,” said Golden Gaming Vice President of Human Resources Sheila Pankas.

Prior to ordering books for a library, the Foundation performs an analysis of the library’s collection to determine which books will have the greatest impact on the library and its students.

The Clark County READS Library Enhancement Program utilizes donations from various businesses and organizations to update resources for students in Clark County School District (CCSD) libraries.

“We are very grateful for Golden Gaming’s commitment to our children,” said Curtis Jones, director of Clark County READS. “Their generosity allows Clark County READS to continue promoting the importance of reading in Southern Nevada while working to end the cycle of illiteracy. We know there will be many smiles at Mendoza Elementary because of all these wonderful new books.”

Since Clark County READS was established in 2001, more than $1.2 million worth of new non-fiction books have been placed in 90 CCSD libraries. This translates into more than 75,000 new nonfiction books, benefiting more than 79,000 students.

Clark County READS manages seven literacy programs, all providing quality literacy programs to children and families in Clark County.

Golden Gaming made an investment in the community and is taking steps to improve literacy in Southern Nevada. Their $10,000 investment will make quite an impact in the life's of the students at John F. Mendoza Elementary School. In addition to donations to support literacy programs, Clark County READS has volunteer opportunities that are flexible with time constraints — a great way to make a big difference.

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