President Wynn & Encore Las Vegas
Connecting our business with this school and seeing the success, the smiling faces everyday – it energizes us and keeps us going. We have 12,000 amazing employees at the Wynn and we never have a shortage of people who want to get involved.
I’ve had the opportunity to work for Mr. Wynn since 1986. He consistently empowers people to figure out new ways to give back and support our community. With the Petersen program, we’ve found a real partnership.
In early 2016, the superintendent of schools here in Clark County, Pat Skorkowsky, came over to our corporate office with Krista Yarberry, the Principal of Petersen Elementary School. They had a mission, “We want to connect businesses with the public school district and we want you to pioneer and launch this program with us.” We weren’t really sure what this ask would end up leading to, but we certainly wanted to be involved.
One of the first things we recognized is that we had to start with basic necessities, so we tasked our design team to get the facilities to be fully operational. They brought in chairs, tables, and carpeting. They repaired broken appliances, painted walls, fixed TVs and sound equipment. Then we shifted our focus to the students. We were able to distribute 145,000 supplies so students’ basic needs were met and they could focus on learning in a place they wanted to be.
Then, we started to think about how to make our program more fun, to take it up a notch.
We now have monthly birthday parties, appreciation day for teachers, departments adopting classrooms, and even a career day to expose students to different opportunities.
It’s easy to write a check, but we wanted to roll up our sleeves and become a true partner, to dig in and add genuine support. I hope that when we’re out there sharing time with the kids, they see how much we care and how committed we are.