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Regional Raley's Reach Winners Announced
$25,000 in Grants Awarded to Five Schools throughout Northern California and Nevada
(Friday September 30, 2011)
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA— The Raley’s Reach program attracted 136 nominations and a total of 66,627 online votes as schools throughout Northern California and Nevada competed for five $5,000 grants to put toward their back-to-school needs.
Continuing to give back to the community, locally-owned and family-operated Raley’s Family of Fine Stores partnered with Unilever to provide a total of $25,000 in grants to schools in five specified regions. PTAs, booster clubs, parents and community members within each Reach-Region submitted nominations and votes. Many participants used Facebook, Twitter, website postings and flyers to spread the word and encourage daily voting for the school of their choice.
The top five schools within each Reach-Region that will receive a $5,000 grant are as follows:
Region 1 – Northern Nevada Region: Van Gorder Elementary School
Earning a total of 1,162 votes, Van Gorder Elementary School is located in Sparks, Nev. and is in need of technology upgrades. The K-6 school plans to use the grant money to purchase LCD projectors for every classroom, and also for updated equipment and software for the student computer lab. These technology purchases will accommodate multiple student-learning styles, improve problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, as well as enhance the overall educational experience for students across all grade levels.
Region 2 – North Foothill Region: Franklin Elementary School
Earning a total of 2,291 votes, Franklin Elementary School in Yuba City, Calif. is a K-8 school of less than 500 students. They aim to use the grant money toward new playground and exercise equipment for upper grade students. Currently, there is an inadequate amount of playground equipment, leading to boredom and inactivity among students. The Franklin Parents Club plans to install a set of exercise stations at the school that could be used as a play structure during recess, and as an integral part of the school’s physical education program.
Region 3 – Greater Sacramento Region: Heron School (K-8)
Earning a total of 6,052 votes, Heron School is located in Sacramento, Calif. and received the most votes overall across the five regions. The school serves 850 K-8 students and has a strong focus on its science program, recently adding a full-time teacher to staff the lab. To fully implement the improved science program, new supplies are needed for the lab. They plan to use the grant money to purchase scales, pulleys, Bunsen burners, beakers, microscopes and other supplies. Initially, these supplies will be used for the school’s middle school program, with the focus of expanding science lab access to all grades.
Region 4 – Central Valley Region: Hickman Charter School
Earning a total of 3,827 votes, Hickman Charter School in Hickman, Calif. has been participating in Science Olympiad tournaments for the past 11 years. Science Olympiad was created in an effort to increase student interest in science and is a national program providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to students. Hickman Charter School plans to use the grant money toward materials to prepare for Science Olympiad, which is a significant investment of both time and resources.
Region 5 – Greater Bay Region: Easterbrook Discovery School
Earning a total of 4,135 votes, Easterbrook Discovery School is located in San Jose, Calif. and is in need of percussion instruments for the middle school band and orchestra. In just four years, the school’s music program has grown from 15 students to now more than 75 students. The program has been incredibly successful, but the school has had difficulty obtaining funding for percussion instruments due to recent budget cuts. The school plans to use the grant money to purchase percussion instruments, such as chimes, gongs and bass drums, which will enable current and future students to learn and perform a wider variety of musical selections.
“It’s so inspiring to see how the community came together and rallied around the schools they support,” said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “Many of the entries for Raley’s Reach noted in their submissions the obstacles they face with limited funding or resources needed to put their need into action, so we know that the opportunity came at a time when schools need it most.”
The Raley’s Reach program was first launched in May of 2010 in honor of Raley’s 75th Anniversary. To date, Raley’s Reach has awarded more than $90,000 in grants to 15 community projects throughout Northern California and Nevada.
Raley's is a privately owned supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company is comprised of four chains — Raley's, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source — located in Northern California and Nevada.