School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.
For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.
The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.
"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.