The Raley’s Reach program attracted 136 nominations and more than 40,000 online votes as Northern California and Nevada communities competed for a total of $30,000 in grants to put toward projects that were health-focused or earth-friendly.
The following top 10 projects will earn grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to put the project into action:
No Child Left Behind Program at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA ($10,000 grant): Earning 5,044 votes, this grant will provide computers and other technology equipment to disadvantaged students at their school in an effort to give students a greater opportunity at safer and healthier lives.
Nighthawk G.R.E.E.N. Team at Silver Stage Elementary School in Carson City, NV ($5,000 grant): With 3,930 votes, the grant will be used to create a pumpkin patch in the school garden where students can learn about planting, composting and harvesting pumpkins for the school’s fall festival.
Memorial Garden at Monterey Trail High School in Elk Grove, CA ($5,000 grant): Earning 3,572 votes, the grant will be used to plant a garden on campus to honor students and faculty who have passed away while attending or working at the school. The memorial garden will offer a place for the school community to remember, reflect and heal.
Garden and Outdoor Classroom Expansion at Leonardo da Vinci School in Sacramento, CA ($2,500 grant): With 3,102 votes, the grant will be put toward supplies needed for classroom planting, harvesting/cooking projects, outdoor lessons and self-directed learning and exploration for K-8 students. The school plans to purchase all materials from local merchants using environmentally-friendly practices.
Increased Performance Space for Choir Students at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, CA ($2,500 grant): With 2,261 votes, the grant will be used to purchase equipment needed to create more space for the school’s growing choir program. This program helps students to be inspired, connect and find value through singing. It’s also a great activity to stimulate the mind and body.
New Community Pool in Loomis, CA ($1,000 grant): Earning 1,997 votes, the grant will be put toward building a new community pool to replace the existing pool. The community pool is used for swim lessons, senior swim events and a recreational league for families.
Earth-friendly Playground at Penngrove Elementary School in Penngrove, CA ($1,000 grant): With 1,875 votes, the grant will be used to help build an earth-friendly playground with a tree house structure and nearby garden. All materials used to build the playground will be earth-friendly or recycled.
Indoor Climbing Wall at Matsuyama Elementary School in Sacramento, CA ($1,000 grant): Earning 1,637 votes, the grant will be used toward an indoor climbing wall that will be used during P.E. classes to help the students develop upper and lower body strength, confidence and mental focus. The indoor climbing wall will simulate rock climbing and will be an activity the children can participate in on days when they cannot play outside.
Nutrition and Gardening Classes at Cali Calmécac School in Windsor, CA ($1,000 grant): With 1,420 votes, the grant will help fund the Garden & Nutrition Education Coordinator and supplies to continue the school’s program, which includes classes, family health events and a town-wide campaign to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables for Windsor residents. A new large garden is also planned to give students the opportunity to learn about gardening.
Outdoor Garden for Students in Galt, CA ($1,000 grant): Earning 1,273 votes, the grant will be used to extend four pollinator gardens containing native Californian plants to create an outdoor classroom with benches, tables, umbrellas and a gazebo with solar panels for water fountains.
“We know that each project will provide immediate benefits in the local community,” said Jennifer Teel-Wolter, community relations manager for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. She added, “Raley’s has a long history of working to improve the neighborhoods where we do business and this year’s Raley’s Reach grant winners took that commitment to another level with nominations that were truly creative and inspiring.”
With a long-standing reputation for giving back to the Northern California and Northern Nevada region for 75 years, Raley’s offers the unique opportunity for grants to go where individuals recognize the greatest need. The Raley’s Reach program was first launched in May of 2010 in honor of Raley’s 75th Anniversary. Through the program, the company has awarded more than $130,000 in grants to 30 Northern California and Nevada projects.
For more information about Raley’s Reach, visit: www.raleys.com/reach