Station Casinos help students get a ‘Smart Start’
The new school year got off to a heartening start at Whitney Elementary School in Las Vegas thanks to Station Casinos, which donated school supplies for students whose parents need assistance meeting their children’s scholastic needs.
Station Casinos makes the donations annually through employee donations. Whitney is one of 11 high-need schools that are beneficiaries of Stations’ effort as part of the company’s “Smart Start” program, in tandem with the Clark County School District and the Public Educational Foundation. High-need schools are identified by the school district as those that do not meet certain established federal criteria.
Since 2001, Station Casinos has contributed more than $2.6 million to local elementary schools in need of assistance.
“Smart Start” also hosts teacher appreciation events, as well as those for student enrichment, such as etiquette luncheons to teach children about manners. Additionally, Station employees serve as homework helpers, provide prizes to recognize student academic success, and host graduation parties at Station Casinos bowling centers and the SoBe ice arena.
Along with Whitney, local elementary schools that benefit from the “Smart Start” program are: Rex Bell, Laura Dearing, Ollie Detwiler, P.A. Diskin, Mabel Hoggard, Howard E. Hollingsworth, C.T. Sewell, C.P. Squires, Robert L. Taylor and Helen Jydstrup.