Charity Navigator Release

For Immediate Release

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

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Read to Succeed

For Immediate Release                                        

MEDIA ALERT                                                          

Members of the Women’s Western Athletic Conference Basketball teams to guest read at Wynn and Roundy Elementary Schools – Read to Succeed

 Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (March 10, 2015) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State has partnered with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Clark County School District (CCSD) on a literacy project and event at Wynn and Roundy Elementary Schools – Read to Succeed.

Who:              Spread the Word Nevada, WAC and CCSD

What:             Members of the women’s basketball teams from each college represented in the tournament will be sharing their experiences of being student athletes and how reading is the foundation to their success. They will also read an inspirational book and assist in distributing books to each student in both schools.

Two local elementary schools will be participating in the school-wide book distribution (2,000 books) and the Read to Succeed event – Wynn and Roundy.

When:         Thursday, March 12 from 9:30am – 10:30am (both schools)

Where:       Elaine Wynn Elementary School – 5655 Edna Ave, LV, NV 89146

Dr. C Owen Roundy Elementary School – 2755 Mohawk St., LV, NV 89146

 

About Spread the Word Nevada

Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) 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 million gently used and new books to approximately 387,000 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 Robert Lunt Elementary School

31st School Adopted by the Literacy Non-profit and the First of the 30 Schools Funded Through the Engelstad Family Foundation’s Five Year

“Every Child Reads” Grant

 

 Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (October 30, 2014) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the State will adopt its 31st school – Robert Lunt Elementary in Las Vegas on November 6 at 12:45pm.

Who:             

Spread the Word Nevada to bring books and literacy services to Robert Lunt Elementary School. This is the first of the 30 schools funded through the Engelstad Family Foundation’s $1.8 million “Every Child Reads” Grant.

 

What:            

Spread the Word Nevada’s31st  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 (mentoring) and Breakfast with Books programs (family literacy services).

When:          

Thursday, November 6, 2014

12:45 p.m. – Guest Reception

1:30 p.m. – Adoption kick-off ceremony and Book Distribution

Where:      

Robert Lunt Elementary School

2701 Harris Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

 

Interview Opportunities: Spread the Word Nevada Executive team and Board members; members from the Engelstad Family Foundation; Lunt ES administration.

 

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.

 

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

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.