LAS VEGAS (Aug. 19, 2015) – MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) employees filled a convention center ballroom with thousands of school supplies and distributed the donated items to more than 1,000 teachers of high-need Clark County School District (CCSD) schools to celebrate Educator Appreciation Day last week. On average, CCSD teachers estimate they personally spend $1,000 purchasing classroom supplies for their students. MGM Resorts employees volunteered to help stockpile the teachers’ classrooms and give their students greater access to the supplies they need to excel.
“MGM Resorts International is committed to supporting public education and our teachers, who spend so much of their own money on school supplies,” said Shelley Gitomer, vice president of philanthropy and community engagement. “We take great pride in our employees who bring in thousands of items each year to support this cause.”
The school supply drive was held in conjunction with MGM Resorts’ annual Educator Appreciation Day which is organized by MGM Resorts Foundation. The event was created to show CCSD teachers how much MGM Resorts employees and our community at-large appreciate their service.
In addition to collecting school supply items, teachers had the opportunity to win free raffle items every 15 minutes, which included prizes such as: annual passes to The Mirage’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, a family four-pack admission to National Atomic Testing Museum and a classroom lesson hosted by the Shark Reef Aquarium. All teachers attending the event were invited to visit The Mirage’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat free of charge.
Nonprofit agencies and other businesses participated in the Educator Appreciation Day activities and informed the teachers of additional resources available for public school students and teachers in the community.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features Aria resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.