Education Notebook, May 28-June 3


Students at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, 8200 W. Tropical Parkway, collected more than 40,000 bottles of water to donate this month to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, 480 W. Bonanza Road. The school learned of a shortage at the Rescue Mission and held a drive for bottled water. As a reward, students got to hit school administrators’ faces with pies.


The Southern Nevada Writing Project plans Summer Youth Writing Camps for students of all grade levels June 17-28. The camp for students entering grades seven through 12 is scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Spring Valley High School, 3750 S. Buffalo Drive. Students entering grades one through six can choose Schorr Elementary School, 11420 Placid St., or Simmons Elementary School, 2328 Silver Clouds Drive. Elementary school classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon.

The camp is $250 and open to students of all skill levels. Instructors at the camp will be teacher consultants for the SNWP. To register, visit For more information, email Jessica Carroll at


Students at O’Roarke Elementary School, 8455 O’Hare Road, collected 2,456 nonperishable food items, which were donated May 11 to the National Association of Letter Carriers as part of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The food was delivered to local shelters.


Aspiring authors ages 14 to 22 can apply for a chance to have their work published as part of a compilation book to be sold at

Applications for the Gateway Arts Foundation’s Helen Hearne Literary Scholarship are being accepted through Aug. 1. Applicants can submit a short story in fiction or nonfiction of 14,000 to 21,000 words. The story must have a theme or central focus of Nevada or any town in Nevada throughout the story. Three award classifications will be given based on age.

For more information, visit gateway


Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. Seventh St., received the Outstanding Arts School Award May 15 from the Arts Schools Network, a national professional membership organization for specialized arts schools. The award recognizes “an outstanding record of overall excellence in … faculty and student achievement, community recognition and involvement, arts and academics integration, curriculum innovations (and) continuing growth … ”

LVA is scheduled to be presented with the award at the Arts Schools Network Conference in October in New York City. For more information, visit


The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension plans to offer a series of classes for parents and their children 3 to 5 to help prepare them for kindergarten. Children will “learn the importance of cooperation, creativity, reading skills, fun ways to be active and eating healthy.”

The three-program series features Little Books and Little Cooks, a seven-week program to promote healthy eating and literacy; Family Storyteller, a six-week program to encourage reading and language activities; and All 4 Kids, an 11-week program to encourage preschool children to be active.

Classes are scheduled for Thursdays at the Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St., Little Books and Little Cooks set to begin at 10 a.m. June 6.

For more information about the series or to register, call 702-257-5525 or email


Nevada State College, 1125 Nevada State Drive, has partnered with Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno to form a collaborative nursing program. The nursing articulation agreement will provide an easy way for associate degree in nursing students at TMCC to also complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing program. After their first semester in the associate program, students will be eligible to apply for provisional admission into NSC’s online bachelor’s program.

The collaboration is aimed at producing more baccalaureate nurses to meet growing demand in Nevada. The program will admit its first students in the fall semester.

Students at TMCC’s nursing program can contact NSC transfer coordinator Erin Hall at or by calling 702-992-2118.

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