AGS Fosters Literacy at Griffith Elementary School

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AGS Fosters Literacy at Griffith Elementary School through Spread the Word Nevada Partnership

LAS VEGAS, August 31, 2017 – AGS, a Las Vegas-based casino gaming supplier, announced today that it has adopted Griffith Elementary School, located in Las Vegas, through a partnership with Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State. Through this adoption, AGS will donate $25,000 to provide Griffith Elementary with STWN programs and offer hands-on support throughout the 2017/18 school year.

“One of our core values at AGS is the ‘Spirit of Service’,” said Julia Boguslawski, Chief Marketing Officer for AGS. “We recently surveyed our team members to identify what philanthropic causes were most near and dear to their hearts. Overwhelmingly, the results proved that we are most passionate about helping our local communities, specifically children in need and promoting education. We are so pleased to work with Spread the Word Nevada to foster literacy at Griffith Elementary.”

The adoption formally kicked off today, August 31, during a special event at Griffith Elementary where AGS team members, school administrators, and STWN officials announced the news to students. During the event, students received a new “library” tote bag and chose five books to create a library of their own. Once a month during the school year, students get to select one more book to add to their libraries. In addition, the school will receive Breakfast with Books, a family literacy program that encourages reading with children in the home. Each month, students and their families are invited to share in a light breakfast and story time. Every person in attendance also selects a book to keep.

Griffith Elementary is one of hundreds in the Clark County School District with a Title 1 designation, meaning that a high number of children attending the school are from low-income families and receive free/reduced lunch program support. STWN programs serve 48 at-risk elementary schools throughout Southern Nevada with a population of 37,700 students. The adopted schools have an average of 92% participation rate in the free/reduced lunch program and many of them have never owned a book of their own.

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About AGS
AGS LLC, is a full-service designer and manufacturer of gaming products for the casino floor. The Company’s roots are in the Class II, Native American market, and it has expanded its offerings to include top-performing slot games for the Class III commercial marketplace as well as specialty table game products, B2B social casino products, and B2C social casino games.

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. 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.

Media Contacts
Julia Boguslawski – AGS
(702) 724-1125
jboguslawski@playags.com

Vicki Soares – STWN
(702) 203-0002
vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

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

Habit Burger Teams up with Spread the Word Nevada

For Immediate Release

The Habit Burger Grill Teams Up With Spread the Word Nevada
During Nevada’s Big Give Day

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (March 21, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) teams up with the Habit Burger Grill to make reading a habit during Nevada’s Big Give, a 24-hour online crowdfunding event created to rally community support for Nevada’s charitable causes.

On March 23, 2017 our community will come together for 24 hours of giving and The Habit Burger Grill is throwing in a tasty deal for supporting Spread the Word Nevada across all four of its Southern Nevada locations. For every $2 or more donation made to STWN on March 23rd donors will receive a certificate for a free Charburger with Cheese to use on the next visit.

“This is our community’s biggest day of giving annually and we are so excited that The Habit Burger Grill chose to support us in such a generous and creative way,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Partnerships like this go a very long way in changing lives…one book at time.”

This one-day fundraiser was created by NevadaGIVES and is powered by NevadaGIVES and United Way of Southern Nevada. It will be held on March 23rd from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

“It is a great opportunity to help needed kids and giving back to the community that support our business from day one,” said Xiaoming Hu, Operating Partner of 12 Ventures LLC, A Habit Burger Grill franchisee.

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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 456,000 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

United Way WLC Press Release

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United Way Women’s Leadership Council Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (January, 2016) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) receives $50,000 from the United Way Women’s Leadership Council to support the nonprofit’s literacy services at several elementary schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • $25,000 is being allocated for ongoing support of five Breakfast with Books family literacy programs at Dean Petersen, J.W. Jeffers, Paradise, Robert L. Taylor and Whitney Elementary Schools – serving more than 4,000 students and families.
  • $25,000 is being allocated for a new sponsorship at Robert L. Taylor Elementary School for the creation of a new Books & Buddies Mentor Center: One-on-one mentoring for struggling readers.

“We’re beyond grateful for the generosity of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “This donation will help us continue our literacy focused programs and services reaching thousands of students across six elementary schools.”

Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs are an avenue to reach at-risk children and their families to strengthen the place we call home and open up boundless possibilities for their future.

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 3.8 million gently used and new books to approximately 435,000 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