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.
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.
Julia Boguslawski – AGS
Vicki Soares – STWN