Spread the Word Nevada Adopts John S. Park Elementary School 29th School Adopted by the Literacy Non-profit

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Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (December 2, 2013) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State will adopt its 29th school – John S. Park Elementary in Las Vegas on December 9 at 12:30p.m.

Who:

Spread the Word Nevada to bring books and literacy services to John S. Park Elementary School.

What:

Spread the Word Nevada’s 29th School adoption kick-off ceremony. Students will receive an initial distribution of one book bag and five books to start their home libraries. Every month from there on, students will continue to receive monthly book distributions in addition to various literacy services including the STWN Book & Buddies and Breakfast with Books programs.

When:

Monday, December 9, 2013

12:30 p.m. – Guest Reception

1:15 p.m. – Adoption kick-off ceremony and book distribution

2:15 p.m. – Second assembly and book distribution

Where:

John S. Park Elementary School

931 Franklin Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to approximately 343,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pamela Lang Joins Spread the Word Nevada

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Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (January 2, 2014) – Pamela Lang recently joined Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) as its Director of Development.

Lang has spent the last 15 years in marketing, event planning and fundraising. She began her career in California, marketing for a performing arts center and then spent the next 10 years acting as a Community Relations Manager and Director for Barnes & Noble Inc. in California, Texas and Nevada before joining Easter Seals Nevada in 2008  as part of the Workforce Development Project team and in 2010 becoming its Vice President of Development. She has also written for and served on the Editorial Board for BLVDS Las Vegas Magazine.

In her new role, some of Lang’s responsibilities include overseeing the annual Development Plan, procuring funds to meet the annual budget, meeting with potential funders, grant reports, researching and soliciting new corporate and foundation grant opportunities, serve as member of the Storybook Gala Committee and represent STWN at events.

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to approximately 343,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Spread the Word Nevada Adopts 30th School, Hosts Celebration

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WHY:

Bank of America will join youth literacy nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada to commemorate the nonprofit’s 30th local school adoption. This milestone opening is made possible by Bank of America’s $200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant, which was awarded on February 10. The grant is given to high-performing nonprofits across the nation that have made a significant impact addressing needs related to community development, critical needs or workforce development and education.

With the grant funding, Spread the Word Nevada will continue reaching new schools and will soon extend its reading program into the summer months for the very first time.

The event will feature remarks from Bank of America and Spread the Word Nevada, a community play featuring Bank of America’s Nevada President George W. Smith with students. Immediately following the ceremony, students will have the opportunity to select books to take home and build their home libraries.

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 28 (9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Guest reception 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Student assembly 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Book distribution 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

*MEDIA CALL TIME: 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Vegas Verdes Elementary School

4000 W El Parques Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

VISUALS:

Spread the Word Nevada and Bank of America executives speaking to approximately 500 students, administrators and invited guests;; Bank of America’s Nevada president participating in a community play; Students picking out books to begin for their home libraries.

INTERVIEWS:

George W. Smith, Nevada President, Bank of America
Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director, Spread the Word Nevada

CONTACT:

Bank of America/The Firm Public Relations & Marketing

Jesse Scott, (540) 220-8099

Lauren Sasso, (602) 614-0093

Spread the Word Nevada

Victoria Soares, (702) 203-0002

McDonald’s® Announces ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Summer Book Drive Promotion

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MEDIA ALERT

Amanda Arentsen, MassMedia

Amanda@massmediacc.com

702-433-4331 (office) | 702-278-6044 (cell)

McDonald’s® Announces ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ Summer Book Drive Promotion

Southern Nevada restaurants to provide free kid’s cone in exchange for book donations 

WHO: McDonald’s Southern Nevada locations

WHAT: ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ summer book drive promotion

WHY: McDonald’s is partnering with Spread the Word Nevada for the ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ summer book drive.  Guests will receive a free kid’s cone* in exchange for a new or gently used children’s book at participating Southern Nevada locations.

Spread the Word Nevada is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to more than 345,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada.

During the one day event, Ronald McDonald (R) and local celebrities will also volunteer their time to read to children at local McDonald’s restaurants.

Throughout the year, McDonald’s Southern Nevada franchisees support various programs focusing on education, literacy and the well-being of children.

To locate a participating McDonald’s restaurant near you please visit www.mcnevada.com. You can also learn more about upcoming promotions and community events on Twitter at @McDonaldsVegas.

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 -All Day

Strip performer Jeff Civillico of the Quad Resort & Casino’s show ‘Comedy in Action’ will join Ronald McDonald ® for a special reading event at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 6990 S. Rainbow Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118 from 11:30 to 12:30 Saturday.

Additional appearances from Nevada pageant queens will also take place at various Southern Nevada McDonald’s restaurants on Saturday. A full schedule of appearances can be provided upon request.

   

MEDIA: Contact Amanda Arentsen at (702) 433-4331 or (702) 278-6044 for details.

*Limit one free kid’s cone per person

ABOUT MCDONALD’S USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

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Spread the Word Nevada Earns a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Spread the Word Nevada Earns a 4-Star Rating from

Charity Navigator

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (April 8, 2014) – Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the prestigious 4-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. STWN is one of only nine nonprofits in Southern Nevada to achieve a 4-star rating.

“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “This distinction reflects our accountability to all our constituencies and commitment to remain true to our mission of children’s literacy.”

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

Habighorst added, “This high rating coupled with STWN’s growing reputation highlights our focus on good stewardship of charitable contributions and maintaining the public trust.”

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success.  Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 2.6 million gently used and new books to approximately 343,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002