RedRover sends grant over to Golden Empire

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Golden Empire Elementary School received a $5,000 grant from RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection agency, during an after-school ceremony on Friday.

The check is Golden Empire’s prize for winning RedRover’s Impact contest in which schools that participate in RedRover’s Readers program were asked to explain how the program impacted children’s attitude toward animals and “the human-animal bond.”

Golden Empire’s after-school program START teacher Alexis Sandoval entered the contest with her Jellyfish Cluster on behalf of the school. Sandoval videotaped students discussing what they had learned about animals during the year.

The $5,000 will be used in the next two years to bring Social and Emotional Learning to the school, said Principal Dr. Irene Eister. The prize also includes a RedRover Readers professional development empathy training for the staff and opportunities for the school to be featured in upcoming RedRover publications.

“We thank Alexis for taking the initiative to submit the video and bring this funding to our school,” Eister said. No wonder her entry won: It is adorable!”