On Wednesday, October 2, Southland Casino Racing, presented Jackson-Wonder Elementary School in West Memphis, AR with a  donation check for $6,701. 
On Wednesday, October 2, Southland Casino Racing, owned and operated by Delaware North presented The Jackson-Wonder Elementary School in West Memphis, AR with a check for $6,701. This year’s donation is double what it was last year to the Jackson-Wonder school. Southland Casino is Jackson-Wonder’s partner in the West Memphis, AR Partners in Education program.

Partners in Education is a nationwide organization that is designed to partner individual schools with local businesses in their community to assist the schools with issues they may have throughout the school year above and beyond their normal operations.

The West Memphis school district is a longtime participant in the PIE program and several businesses in West Memphis partner up with individual schools. Normally, schools located in lower income areas are targeted first in order to make sure they have a business partner to assist them, however, West Memphis has a business partner for each of the schools in the West Memphis school district. 

“Education is economic development,” said Neki Catron, Southland Casino Community Engagement Manager, “Our economy depends on a skilled, educated workforce, and Partners In Education helps foster relationships between businesses and schools that last generations.” 

Jackson-Wonder School Co-Principal, Leman Brown stated, “This Southland Gaming contribution will be used to expand learning activities in literacy, mathematics, and science by enabling the school to purchase additional manipulatives, supplies, literature, and audiovisuals that will aide in our school creating more inclusive environments for our scholars.” 

Jackson-Wonder School Co-Principal, Annette Frazier said, “As this is the first year as the Jackson-Wonder Elementary School, we are focused on functioning as one team with one vision.   

We are excited about our journey to aspire the Leaders of Tomorrow through enhanced focus on Literacy, Mathematics, and Science, and are thankful for the gains our scholars made during the 2018/2019 school year. We look forward to strengthening our relationships with parents, and the community as we work together to promote the health, wellbeing, and learning of all students.”
About Southland Casino Racing
Southland Casino Racing has been a major racing venue for more than 60 years and now has over 2,000 slots plus live table games -- as well as the World Market Buffet, Bourbon St. Steakhouse and the Starting Gate Event Center. Southland has long been a pivotal fixture of the West Memphis community, strongly supporting the community with jobs, business stability, and economic contributions. It has consistently won awards for its outstanding community service, including millions of dollars donated to neighborhood charities and educational institutions. Southland is owned and operated by Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality. More information is available at www.southlandcasino.com.
 
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of more than $3 billion. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.DelawareNorth.com.
 
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PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right:  Jim Wilson - Southland Casino Director of Gaming, Leman Brown - Jackson-Wonder School Co-Principal, Neki Catron - Southland Casino Community Engagement Manager, Annette Frazier - Jackson-Wonder School Co-Principal
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