13th Annual Storybook Gala Benefitting Spread the Word Nevada Children’s Literacy

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (September 5, 2014) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State will honor Bank of America at the 13th Annual Storybook Gala on Sept. 13. Guests attending this “Cat in the Hat” evening will help advocate for the at-risk youth in Southern Nevada by supporting Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs. To date, more than 357,000 at-risk youth and their families have been served.

 

Who:             

Spread the Word Nevada celebrates 13 years of providing literacy programs serving at-risk youths at the annual storybook gala.

 

What:          

13th Anniversary Storybook Gala – “Cat in the Hat”

Honoring Bank of America

 

When:         

Saturday, September 13

5:30 p.m.: Cocktails, Library of Dreams Raffle, and Silent Auction

7:00 p.m.: Dinner, Program, Entertainment and Live Auction items

Media Welcome: Contact – Vicki Soares (702) 203-0002

 

Where:        

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Lido Ballroom

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South Map

Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

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 2.8 million gently used and new books to approximately 357,000 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.

 

For Immediate Release                                         Contact: Vicki Soares

Media Alert                                                               702-203-0002

                                                                       

Engelstad Family Foundation Gives Spread the Word Nevada Unprecedented Gift

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Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (July 30, 2014) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) has received the largest gift in the literacy nonprofit’s history. The Engelstad Family Foundation has awarded a five-year grant totaling $1.8 million towards the “Every Child Reads” project.

Since Spread the Word Nevada’s inception in 2001, 30 schools have been adopted and more than 357,000 youth have been served throughout Southern Nevada.

The “Every Child Reads” project will expedite STWN’s growth and expansion of 30 additional schools that would otherwise be on STWN’s adoption waiting list for the next 15 years. These schools will now be served within the next five years instead, opening up a world of opportunities through the gift of reading to an additional 24,000 at-risk children in Southern Nevada.

“This grant is the largest single contribution in Spread the Word Nevada’s history,”

said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “The Engelstad Family Foundation’s generosity could not have come at a better time. This gift will ensure we don’t lose another generation of children to illiteracy.”

Under the Every Child Reads Project each year, every student in the newly adopted schools will receive 13 books throughout the school year and one eco-friendly canvas book bag, which starts their very own “keep at home” library. There will be eight family literacy programs offered throughout the school year, with a breakfast included for the children and their family members. A one-on-one tutoring program will be offered for struggling readers to be paired with a mentor for 16 weeks.

“The Engelstad Family Foundation “Every Child Reads” project and STWN’s mission to changing the lives of our at-risk children, one book at a time, will touch thousands more children in our low-income communities and make an impact that will broaden and brighten futures.” added Habighorst.

With such a sizeable grant and with immediate implementation, there are areas that will need to grow at once. Being able to reach so many children comes with essential needs like increased staffing, expansion of warehouse space, and additional equipment purchases. This initiative will allow STWN to adopt six elementary schools every year for the next five years.

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 2.8 million gently used and new books to approximately 357,000 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.

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