INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Raley’s Reach program attracted 128 nominations and more than 65,000 online votes as schools throughout Northern California and Nevada competed for five $10,000 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 $50,000 in grants to schools in five specified regions, which is the largest Raley’s Reach cycle to date. PTAs, booster clubs, parents and community members within each Reach-Region submitted nominations and votes.
This year, social networks like Facebook and Twitter were the most popular means for spreading the word and encouraging daily voting for the school of their choice.
The top five schools within each Reach-Region that will receive a $10,000 grant are as follows:
• Region 1 – Northern Nevada Region: Incline Elementary School: Earning a total of 1,219 votes, Incline Elementary School plans to enhance its science and outdoor education program. The K-5 school will use these funds during the 2012-13 school year to implement and facilitate a school-wide science curriculum that includes science experiments, a science fair and technology integration opportunities. These enhancements will benefit the student experience and provide much needed support to teachers in this important subject.
• Region 2 – North Foothill Region: Sierra View Elementary School
• Region 3 – Greater Sacramento Region: Kit Carson Middle School
• Region 4 – Central Valley Region: Aspire University Charter School
• Region 5 – Greater Bay Region: Penngrove Elementary School
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 $100,000 in grants to 20 community projects throughout Northern California and Nevada.