Kinross Gold Gives Early Childhood Education a Boost in Tonopah

Photo by Kirk Greber Back Row: Emily Hendrickson, Karmin Greber, Dave Hendriks, Denise Carver, Carissa Abbott Front Row: Representing COW Bus students: Ira Speakman, Eli Brogden, Lily Abbott, Blake Bird, Maverick Gromis

Kinross Round Mountain Gold Corporation has again shown itself committed to the well-being of our community by a generous contribution to fund additional staffing for the Tonopah Classroom On Wheels Pre-K Program (COW Bus).

“Round Mountain Gold has a long history of supporting education initiatives in our communities. We are pleased to present this donation to the Tonopah COW Bus and to a community that is of great importance to our employees and our operation,” President and General Manager Dave Hendriks affirmed.

This action was originally proposed by Shaun Griffin, Co-founder and Development Director of Community Chest, Inc of Virginia City, who is responsible for providing this resource in Tonopah. “We are thrilled that Kinross Round Mountain Gold has contributed these funds to hire a teaching assistant for the COW Bus in Tonopah. Early childhood education is essential for students to thrive when they reach elementary school. This is how public-private partnerships change communities for the better.”

Program Teacher Karmin Greber is seen here beside Emily Hendrickson, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator for Round Mountain Gold. The COW Bus program operates year-round, welcoming students into a large classroom on the Tonopah Elementary School Campus during the academic school year and offering summer sessions at Jim Butler Park in the actual “bus” which is painted white with brown spots to resemble —  you guessed it —  a cow.

This type of innovative pre-k service has been a successful model around the US and abroad since the 1960’s, currently seen in places such as Aspen, Colorado and Mobile, Alabama, helping improve school readiness and outcomes in comparison to children who have little or no exposure to early education resources.

“Having lived and raised my family in rural Nevada for over thirty years, I understand firsthand the importance of educational programs, such as the COW Bus, for the youth in our communities.” explains Kinross Round Mountain Corporate Responsibility and Human Resources Manager Denise Carver. “We are thrilled that this donation will positively impact the lives of many families in Tonopah.”

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