weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Chaparral High gets $10M Engelstad grant

A Las Vegas high school with a homeless population of 6 percent, a minority population of 80 percent, a graduation rate of 72 percent and at least 50 student-parents at any given time has been given $10 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation.

Those numbers, reported in 2014, are part of Chaparral High School’s identity.

During the 2013-14 school year, 135 students were homeless — twice the Clark County School District’s average at that time.

Pouring money into the valley community is part of the Engelstad family’s identity.

Their most recent contribution, through the Fulfillment Fund, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday at the high school, a release from the foundation said.

“The Fulfillment Fund Las Vegas provides students with the support necessary to graduate from high school and go on to college,” the foundation said.

The program provides individual advisement and instruction to students.

Eight months ago, the Engelstads donated $10 million to the Three Square Food Bank.

The family, whose Nevada roots were planted in 1961 by Ralph and Betty Engelstad, is known as one of the largest real estate owners in the country.

Ralph Engelstad has also been contributing to Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults with intellectual disabilities, since the 1970s.

Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Up to 10K California trees to be removed; road to large sequoias closed

In the wake of California wildfires, upwards of 10,000 trees weakened by fires, drought, disease or age must be removed, work that will keep a nearby highway closed to visitors who seek the world’s two largest sequoia trees.

$2T Biden package appears near as talks continue

Negotiations were expected to continue into the weekend, all sides indicating just a few issues remained unsettled in the sweeping package of social services and climate change strategies.

Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids, says FDA

Federal health regulators said late Friday that kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections in elementary school children and caused no unexpected safety issues, as the U.S. weighs beginning vaccinations in youngsters.

Data offers glimpse of breakthrough risks for Southern Nevada workers

There have been more than 500 vaccine breakthrough infections of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated casino workers in Clark County, a number similar to that of health care workers.

Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round, warrant says

Alec Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by an assistant director who indicated it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show.