RENO — Cornerstone Retirement Services is pleased to announce that together with the firm’s president, Chris Abts, it will donate school uniforms to the entire student body at Rita Cannan Elementary School in Reno for the 2011-2012 school year. A presentation ceremony was held at the school’s campus on Sept. 19.
As a lifelong Reno resident currently raising his own family and operating a nationally-recognized business in the region, Abts recognizes the school district’s efforts to create a united school community and education-focused environment for its student body.
“Knowing that some children go to school without food in their stomachs and proper clothing on their backs is heartbreaking,” Abts said. “Providing uniforms for these children will help alleviate some of their worries in coming to school every day and will allow them to focus solely on their education. We’re honored to have the opportunity to help these young students and make a difference within the Reno community.”
The school’s uniform-initiative and continued focus on fostering a positive learning environment is united with the overall community’s forward-looking perspective on Reno’s future. Abts shares the community outlook and emphasizes the importance of educating the region’s young people.
“Education is the most important factor in Reno’s long-term growth,” he said. “Encouraging the region’s children to embrace their education and stay in school will ultimately lead to a stronger, more flourishing northern Nevada in the future. The opportunity for Cornerstone Retirement Services to join the Washoe County School District in meeting this objective is a truly unique and humbling opportunity.”
Rita Cannan Elementary School is part of the Washoe County School District and currently has 650 students enrolled from Kindergarten through 6th grade. The school is one of 20 Washoe County schools to require uniforms for the 2011-2012 academic year, which commenced district-wide on Aug. 29.