Published by The Bee News

September 9, 2021

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BULLHEAD CITY – After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, employees of the Aquarius and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin have resumed their tradition of donating school supplies. It is the eleventh year the Aquarius has adopted schools in Bullhead City, Laughlin and Golden Valley. With the
2019 acquisition of the Edgewater by Golden Entertainment, both properties are continuing the school supply drive.

Almost 16,000 items were collected by Aquarius and Edgewater employees, with about a plurality of 40 per cent earmarked for Desert Valley School on Marina Blvd. For eight years, Aquarius employees had adopted Coyote Canyon School in Bullhead City, but many of those students and programs transitioned to the adjacent Desert Valley campus. Desert Valley, Bennett Elementary in Laughlin and Black Mountain Elementary in Golden Valley, have ties to large numbers of casino employees.

“Community support is so important to us,” said Desert Valley principal Kennie Churchwell. “These supplies are giving students the tools to be successful. Our teachers and students truly appreciate the more than 6,100 items Aquarius and Edgewater employees have generously donated to our campus.” The drive is part of an annual competition among five divisions to see which can donate the most for the schools.

The winning department receives a golden school bus trophy. This year’s recipient is the two properties’ combined general and administrative group.
“The Laughlin Golden Entertainment team is always excited to participate in the School Drive,” said Sean Hammond, senior vice president and general manager at Golden Entertainment.  “After having skipped a year, we were happy to be able to help support the kids in our community again, and look
forward to the next one.”

School supplies ranged from paper and crayons to facial tissue. Churchwell said teachers and students would start using the school supplies right away.

Adults pictured, from left, are: second grade teacher Ana Robles, BCSD family liaison Lupe Torres, life skills teacher Jo-Ann Batulan, Aquarius executive administrative assistant Janet Gagnon and Desert Valley principal Kennie Churchwell. The children represent Desert Valley’s kindergarten through fourth
grade students.

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