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At-risk Clark County schools receiving donations

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Eleven at-risk schools in the Las Vegas area are expected to get a boost towards classroom success.

Station Casinos said it is presenting a donation totaling $66,000 to those schools under its Smart Start partnership.

The donation is part of the Las Vegas-based company's program that pairs each of its southern Nevada gaming properties with high-need elementary schools.

In a presentation scheduled for Wednesday morning at Green Valley Ranch Resort, principals of those 11 schools will be presented with $5,000 each to support student programs. Each school will also receive an additional $1,000 to be used to honor staff members on Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins May 7.

The company says it also helps students at these schools by volunteering in school supply drives, serving as homework helpers and organizing "etiquette luncheons," which teaches and awards children for displaying proper manners.

Station Casinos says it has contributed about $2.4 million to dozens of area schools since the program launched in 2000.

The funds are administered through the Clark County Public Education Foundation, the company noted.

According to Station Casinos, the 11 schools were designated as Smart Start schools this year:

  • Rex Bell Elementary School (Partner: Palace Station)
  • Laura Dearing Elementary School (Partner: Boulder Station)
  • Ollie Detwiler Elementary School (Partner: Fiesta Rancho)
  • P.A. Diskin Elementary School (Partner: Red Rock Resort)
  • H.P. Fitzgerald Elementary School (Partner: Santa Fe Station)
  • Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School (Partner: Sunset Station)
  • C.T. Sewell Elementary School (Partner: Fiesta Henderson)
  • C.P. Squires Elementary School (Partner: Texas Station)
  • Whitney Elementary School (Partners: Station Casinos, Wildfire Gaming)
  • Robert L. Taylor Elementary School (Partner: Green Valley Ranch)
  • Lois Craig Elementary School (Partner: Aliante Station)

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones is expected to be on hand for Wednesday's Smart Start presentation.

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