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Education Notebook

SUMMERLIN CHURCH TO HOST LITERACY PROGRAM WITH PETS

Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N. Pavilion Center Drive, plans to offer a monthly literacy program, Reading With Rascal, beginning Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon and continuing every second Saturday of subsequent months. Members of the church will bring their dogs for children to play with and help them with reading.

To register, email dsumcpetministries@gmail.com. For more information, call Billie Oathout at 702-561-4143.

DISCOUNTED STUDENT TICKETS AVAILABLE TO DA VINCI EXHIBIT

"Da Vinci – The Genius," the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is offering free admission to students 12 or younger with a paid adult through Jan. 27. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and tickets are $20 for Nevada residents. Admission for students 13 or older with a valid school ID is $17.

The exhibit is organized by Imagine Exhibitions and features 13 themed areas showcasing more than 200 pieces of artwork and inventions.

Tickets are available at The Venetian box office or at venetian.com.

LOCAL NONPROFIT HOSTS SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR HOMELESS STUDENTS

Project 150, a local nonprofit organization that helps homeless students, is hosting a fundraiser and supplies drive through December to provide food, clothing and shelter for students in time for the holidays. The organization was founded a year ago and has served nearly 1,000 homeless teens at 15 local high schools.

For more information or to donate, visit project150lv.org, or visit any Harmony Homes sales office to drop off a donation.

M RESORT DISPLAYING STUDENT-MADE GINGERBREAD HOUSES THROUGH FRIDAY

The M Resort, 12300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, plans to display winners of its Gingerbread House Contest through Friday outside of Spa Mio. Students from local elementary schools submitted houses for judging earlier this month.

Williams Elementary School, 3000 E. Tonopah Ave., won first place and $1,500; Walker Elementary School, 850 Scholar St., won second place and $1,000; and Cozine Elementary School, 5335 Coleman St., won third place and $500.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE TO DONATE TO NORTH LAS VEGAS SCHOOLS

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 445 W. Craig Road, No. 103, plans to donate $500 to the North Las Vegas elementary, junior high and high schools with the most students visiting the cafe through Friday.

Students are asked to let the cashier know which school they represent when placing their order.

EDWARDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS DONATE TO HELP HOMELESS

Edwards Elementary School, 4551 Diamond Head Drive, donated nearly 400 food items to HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless. Students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten donated more than 100 items, the most of any grade levels in the school.

RANCHO HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST MATH AND SCIENCE CONFERENCE

Rancho High School, 1900 E. Searles Ave., is scheduled to host the 2013 Southern Nevada Math and Science Conference Jan. 18 and 19. The conference will offer informational sessions and activities for teachers.

Registration is $50 if paid by Friday and $60 after. For more information and to register, visit snvmath.org/conference.

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