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ADELSON EDUCATION CAMPUS
TO HOST OPEN HOUSE

The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus has scheduled an open house for prospective students and parents from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. Events are set for the Summerlin campus, 9700 W. Hillpointe Road, and the Henderson campus, 1940 Paseo Verde Parkway.

The Adelson Educational Campus offers secular Jewish education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Financial aid is available.

For more information, call 255-4500 or visit adelsoncampus.org.

UNITED WAY OFFERS PRESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE

United Way of Southern Nevada is offering Tuition Assistance Preschool Scholarships for children 3 to 5 years to attend high-quality school readiness preschool programs in Southern Nevada.

United Way is providing copays ranging from $17.25 to $57.50 to low-income, unemployed and foster families who do not receive state assistance. Limited scholarships will be provided with a sliding fee for those experiencing financial hardship from unemployment.

Scholarships are valid at any partner United Way Child Development Center. For more information, call 892-2361.

NV ENERGY PLANS WORKSHOPS
ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

High school seniors and their parents are invited to attend free workshops to learn how to apply for college scholarships and NV Energy’s Powerful Partnerships Scholarship Program. The workshops are planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 4 at NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. While there is no cost, RSVPs are required, as seating is limited to 100. To RSVP, call 799-1042.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

Clark County School Board Trustee Linda Young was elected as the 2012 president by her fellow board members. Young, who represents District C covering parts of downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, is a 32-year veteran of the district. Trustee Deanna Wright will serve as vice president, and Trustee John Cole will serve as clerk.

STATE TREASURER OFFERS PREPAID TUITION PROGRAM TO HELP SAVE FOR COLLEGE

Parents can start saving for their children’s college education needs by enrolling in the Nevada Prepaid Tuition program through Feb. 28. The program enables families to lock in future college per-credit tuition rates at current prices.

Parents can pay a lump sum or make monthly payments. The program is fully transferable to private or public out-of-state colleges and universities and may be transferred to another family member. The program also can be gifted to family members or friends. Kids in ninth grade or younger are eligible. Plans start at $36 a month. For more information, visit nevadatreasurer.gov or call 486-2025.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
TO CONSERVE WILDLIFE

The National Environmental Education Foundation is offering $1,000 grants to high school students to implement wildlife conservation projects in their schools or communities. The grants are offered by the foundation’s Planet Connect program, a youth engagement initiative.

For more information, visit planetconnect.org/2012wcgrants. Applications are due Feb. 1.

LOCAL SCHOOLS COMPETE FOR $10,000
BY SHOPPING

Seven Clark County schools are competing for $10,000 in the My School’s Cool Reward Program at Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane. Students have been competing since November to accumulate points by shopping at Meadows Mall and submitting receipts to their school. The school with the highest point total will be awarded the grand prize in June, and the other participating schools will receive cash prizes.

Participating schools are Griffith, 324 Essex Drive; Crestwood, 1300 Pauline Way; Carson Empowerment, 1735 N. D St.; Thiriot, 5700 W. Harmon Ave., and Bruner, 4289 Allen Lane, elementary schools; and Bridger, 2505 N. Bruce St., and Cashman, 4622 W. Desert Inn Road, middle schools. Community members can support these schools by submitting receipts on behalf of a particular school.

Meadows Mall customers can write the name of the school on the back of a store receipt and submit it in a special display in the mall. Customers wishing to retain a receipt can request a special form from the mall management office during normal business hours.

For more information, call 878-6607.

CLARK COUNTY READS PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CHILDREN

The Public Education Foundation is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one help for children struggling with reading skills as part of the Clark County READS Reading Partner Program.

Each volunteer will have two children assigned to them. The reading partner and child will read to each other for 30 minutes once a week.

A two-hour orientation is required. Volunteers will be trained in techniques that help build a child’s comprehension skills and reading fluency while instilling a love of reading.

The program runs for 12 weeks, from January through April during regular school hours. Volunteers must be able to commit for the duration of the program, which will take place at 20 schools in the Clark County School District.

For more information, call 799-1042 or email info@ccpef.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO ITALIAN STUDENTS

The Sons of Italy Las Vegas Lodge 2158 is accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors of Italian descent. The lodge will award $500 scholarships to students pursuing a college education. Awards will be based on grades, school activities, community service and an essay. Applications are available at sonsofitalylasvegas.com and are due April 1. For more information, call 896-1987.

Other scholarships for students of Italian descent are being offered by the Grand Lodge of California at sonsofitalyca.org. Applications are due March 1.

The Sons of Italy Foundation offers 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 as part of a nationwide competition. For more information, visit osia.org/students/scholarships. Applications are due Feb. 28.

READING PROGRAM NEEDS MENTORS
FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Spread the Word Nevada’s reading mentor program, Books and Buddies, is seeking volunteers to help students in kindergarten through fifth grade improve reading proficiency. Spread the Word Nevada matches adult mentors with elementary students at 26 at-risk schools.

Volunteers are asked to make a minimum commitment of one hour per week for 12 weeks. Training will be provided, and background checks are required.

For more information, call volunteer coordinator Libbi Erickson at 564-7809 or email libbi@spreadthewordnevada.org.

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