Southern Nevada-based education organizations, Serving Our Kids and Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada (CIS), are expanding their efforts to increase the resources available to Clark County School District (CCSD) students thanks to a combined $200,000 donation from Google. Funding was made possible from Google Data Centers Grants.
“Every child deserves to feel supported and secure in their school studies and not have to wonder when their next meal will be,” said Kate Franko, Google’s Regional Head of Data Center Public Affairs. “Serving Our Kids and Communities In Schools are both invaluable to our community. We at Google are honored to be able to help support their initiatives here in Clark County.”
Google’s donation to Serving Our Kids will cover costs to provide an incremental 800 children with a weekly, weekend meal bag during the school year. Each week, Serving Our Kids feeds 4,000 kids in 105 schools across Clark County who would otherwise go hungry.
“We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation from Google,” said Dale Darcas, Founder for Serving Our Kids Foundation. “There are thousands more food insecure children for us to serve across the valley and this donation will help us to feed hundreds more this school year.”
While CIS continues to serve over 60,000 students across all grade levels in Southern Nevada, they will use funds to support the match funding needs of schools in Southern Nevada with a focus for future funding to support schools in the City of Henderson. Having operated in CCSD for 18 years and currently serving 65 schools, CIS works to empower and ensure students graduate high school and are career ready.
“Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life,” said Tami Hance-Lehr, Chief Executive Officer and state director of Communities In Schools of Nevada. “Google’s generous donation is an investment in our firm commitment to support every child in every high-needs school across the valley. This gift adds more site coordinators on our school campuses, giving them the tools to do whatever it takes to eliminate the barriers that stand in the way of our students graduating and becoming career, college, and community ready.”