As people lined up to enter the brand-new SLS Las Vegas at the stroke of midnight on August 23, there was something special happening inside, beyond the celebrities, chefs, and VIP parties. The SBE Foundation, charitable arm of Sam Nazarian’s hospitality and entertainment company, stayed true to its mission of helping to revitalize the communities in which the company operates by presenting a $30,000 donation to AfterSchool All-Stars Las Vegas during the famed “Ringing of the Bell” ceremony that signals the opening of each of Nazarian’s properties.
The donation from SLS Las Vegas and the SBE Foundation will be used to support After-School All-Stars’ free, comprehensive after-school academic and enrichment programs for more than 5,000 underprivileged students in 13 different Clark County School District elementary and middle schools.
“We are so grateful to Rob Oseland, the President of SLS Las Vegas, and the SBE Foundation for their generosity and commitment to supporting the youth in our community,” said Ranna Daud, After-School All-Stars executive director. “We were honored to be included in the opening night festivities and look forward to a long-lasting partnership that will help ensure that students are safe as they learn and grow through positive and constructive activities each day after school.”
Three hours a day after school can change a child’s life. In America today, 15.1 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. In Nevada, that number stands at 122,000. Clark County School District’s Assessment, Accountability, Research and School Improvement Department evaluation results showed that students in the After-School All-Stars program performed 10% higher in average in both their Math Proficiency and Reading Proficiency for Criterion References Test (CRT) scores than non-participants. After-School All-Stars works to encourage students to be successful in school and in life. When ASAS works with students for several years over the course of their elementary and middle schools years, there is a higher likelihood they will graduate and succeed.