Windsong Trust Grants Spread the Word Nevada $185,000

For Immediate Release

Windsong Trust Grants Spread the Word Nevada $185,000

Thousands of At-Risk Children Will Receive the
Gift of Reading

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (August 9, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) receives $185,000 grant from the Windsong Trust. This is the seventh consecutive year Windsong Trust grants a generous donation to STWN to advocate for childhood literacy. This year grant allowing the nonprofit to grow these three unique literacy programs – Kids to Kids, Breakfast with Books, and Books on Break.

  • Kids to Kids and Breakfast with Books – Book Distributions to create home libraries – $125,000 for on-going support for five at-risk elementary schools: Cortez, Lake, Pittman, Sewell and Squires
  • Technology – $35,000 for new warehouse technology supporting automation
  • Books on Break – Summer reading program – $25,000

“This generous grant is life-changing to our community’s most vulnerable children,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “Windsong Trust has been our long standing community partner as we sustain and continue to expand our literacy services and book distributions to our low-income children across Southern Nevada.”

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 4 million gently used and new books to approximately 467,000 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

Andrew Family Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

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Andrew Family Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada
Grant to benefit the organization’s Books & Buddies Program

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (August 4, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) has been selected by the Andrew Family Foundation as the recipient of a $50,000 grant to continue to support the nonprofit’s Books & Buddies Mentor Centers at Jack Dailey and Will Beckley Elementary Schools for the 2017/18 school year.

Since Spread the Word Nevada’s inception in 2001, 48 schools have been adopted and more than 467,000 youth have been served throughout Southern Nevada.

“We understand first-hand the benefit of having a dedicated location for mentors and buddies to meet on a consistent basis and are excited to continue our support of STWN’s impactful program,” said Andrew Family Foundation’s Laurel Andrew.

While in the Books & Buddies program, at-risk students are assessed on words correct per minute, accuracy and comprehension for increase in literacy achievements. Working together, the mentor and student focus on improving the student’s reading proficiency, comprehension and oral reading skills.

“This generous grant will allow these Mentor Centers to provide extra one-on-one attention to improve reading and comprehension skills of our struggling readers,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “These centers are facilitated by our staff and students are mentored by our dedicated volunteers/buddies.”

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 3.9 million gently used and new books to approximately 467,000 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.

Media Contact
Vick Soares (702) 203-0002
Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

MGM Resorts Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

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MGM Resorts Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada
Grant to benefit the Organization’s Breakfast with Books Program

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (June 28, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) has been selected by MGM Resorts Foundation’s Community Grant Council as the recipient of a $50,000 grant to fund the nonprofit’s Family Literacy Program – Breakfast with Books.

“Breakfast with Books is an excellent example of the MGM Resorts Foundation’s commitment to strengthening families,” said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. “Our program fosters positive parenting by providing the tools and support to help parents guide their children to literacy, while simultaneously engaging the children in activities which create a life long love of reading that will broaden their academic and economic opportunities. Reading together as a family activity can be a bonding experience. When parents are involved in their children’s education, both children and parents will benefit.”

The goal of Breakfast with Books is to enable at-risk students to improve their reading skills to the point where they can succeed in school and develop the abilities that will prepare them for high school and post secondary education. Studies have shown that poor readers, who are behind in reading a grade level or more, are more likely to be disruptive in the classroom, truant from school, and at risk of dropping out of high school. (The Literacy Company, Enhanced Reading & Literacy Research).

The MGM Resorts Foundation, a Nevada non-profit corporation receives donations through MGM employee charitable contributions, which supports other non-profit agencies and community organizations to fulfill its mission of “Building a Stronger Community.”

“Reading at a young age is critical to a child’s long-term success,” says Shelley Gitomer, MGM Resorts’ vice president of philanthropy and community engagement. “Studies show that children who read do better in school; they have higher retention rates and make better grades than children who don’t read. Education is a critical need in Nevada, so we think it’s important to support Spread the Word Nevada.”

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 3.9 million gently used and new books to approximately 467,000 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.

About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by
MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and organized by
MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation’s Board.

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Media Contact
Vicki Soares (702) 203-0002
Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org