Paso Robles, Calif. (Dec 18, 2017) – JUSTIN School Grants, a program of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, today announced that $50,000 has been awarded to 44 classrooms in the North San Luis Obispo County area. The classroom projects receiving funding range from the purchase of new books and art supplies, to an educational field trip to Hearst Castle. In total, JUSTIN School Grants will benefit nearly 6,000 students across 15 schools.
The JUSTIN School Grants program kicked off earlier this year, when $50,000 was donated to recognize and further the efforts of JUSTIN employees, who frequently volunteer their time and contribute generously to local schools. The program returned in October 2017 and will now be available to teachers each fall.
“It’s been truly heartwarming to see how receptive local educators have been to our school grants program,” said Matt Steel, General Manager of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. “We’re committed to giving back to the North County community and supporting education, and we look forward to continuing this program in the years to come.”
One awardee was a special education classroom at Pat Butler Elementary in Paso Robles. Funds were used to purchase a sound system and tambourines for dance class. “Through dance, children develop spatial awareness, become less clumsy and pay more attention to others sharing their space,” said teacher Yvette Madrigal. “You are investing in many kids’ lives and allowing them to develop more fully, not to mention all the smiles and fun that will be taking place!”
To see the full list of this year’s awardees, please visit www.donorschoose.org/justinschoolgrants17.
JUSTIN School Grants is the second grants program initiated by JUSTIN, which has also offered the JUSTIN Community Grants Program since 2013. JUSTIN Community Grants provides $100,000 to support North County nonprofits and will begin accepting the next round of applications in January 2018. To learn more about JUSTIN’s grant programs visit www.justinwinegrants.com.
About JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
Located in Paso Robles, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1981 and is known for crafting world class wines using Bordeaux grape varieties. Widely recognized for their iconic ISOSCELES Bordeaux blend, JUSTIN is also known for their Cabernet Sauvignon. The property at JUSTIN features a Tasting Room, luxury suite accommodations and a Restaurant – making it one of the only wineries on the Central Coast to offer all three options. In addition to its stellar hospitality offerings, JUSTIN consistently receives top honors around the world, establishing JUSTIN as a leader in luxury Bordeaux variety winemaking. In 2015, JUSTIN was named “American Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
JUSTIN wines are available through discerning fine wine retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, or directly from the Winery via JUSTIN’s Tasting Room, online store or to members of the exclusive JUSTIN Wine Society wine club.
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