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Education Notebook, Aug. 7-13, 2014

51S FANS ASKED TO DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES AUG. 9

Communities In Schools of Nevada and the Las Vegas 51s are hosting a night at the ballpark to benefit local students in need. Baseball fans are encouraged to bring school supplies before watching the 51s take on the Albuquerque Isotopes at 7:05 p.m. Aug 9.

CIS Nevada will be collecting new supplies including binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, backpacks, ruled paper and pocket folders at the entrance of the stadium. They will also be collecting uniform items such as jeans, khakis and polo shirts. Donors will be entered to win a raffle for a $100 dinner at Fu in the Hard Rock Hotel.

A portion of all tickets purchased for this game using the promo code “CIS” will be donated to the local affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and Nevada’s most effective intervention organization. Tickets are $10.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit cisnevada.org/events.

SAFEKEY REGISTRATION OPEN

Safekey registration was set to open for fall for students in kindergarten through fifth grade from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the city of Las Vegas Safekey Office, 416 N. Seventh St. Registration will also be available at recreation.lasvegasnevada.gov.

Safekey is a before- and after-school recreational enrichment program that is offered at 67 Clark County School District elementary schools within the city. Participants can look forward to CATCH Kids Club activities, reading challenges, physical activities, games, crafts, theme weeks, contests, homework assistance, nutritious snacks and more.

Safekey follows the school district calendar and operates on days that school is in session. Program hours and cost vary by site. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying participants who live within city boundaries. Safekey operates as a pre-paid program in which participants must have a valid pass before they can attend. Any child without a valid pass will be sent to the school’s office for parent pick-up.

The fee is $20 per child, per school year. A morning pass is $7 per morning, and an afternoon pass is $10 per afternoon. Financial assistance may be available for qualifying families. For more information about financial assistance, call 702-229-3218 or 702-229-3219.

Sign-ups are planned beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 during the Ward 1 National Night Out Event at Clark High School, 4291 Pennwood Ave. Safekey staff will be at the event to share information and register children.

Registration teams will be out from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Cimarron Rose Community Center, 5591 N. Cimarron Road, and the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

From 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Safekey staff will be registering children at Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J. St., and the Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave. Spanish-speaking staffers will be present at all of these mobile registration sites.

Finally, Safekey staff will also be at the Ward 6 Back to School Fair and Movie in the Park scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive.

To register, submit a participant information form for your household to the Safekey Office. To register and pay, use one of the following options: online at recreation.lasvegasnevada.gov; in person at a community center; or by phone at 702-229-3399.

HOMEAID SOUTHERN NEVADA PLANS BACK-T0-SCHOOL BACKPACK ASSEMBLY EVENT

HomeAid Southern Nevada, a nonprofit that works with local homeless service providers to build shelters and facilities, provide outreach services and bring awareness for hunger and homelessness, plan to host a back to school drive backpack assembly event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Project 150 warehouse, 6211 Dean Martin Drive. Backpacks for students returning to school will be packed with school supplies and hygiene items.

A lunch followed by a brief presentation from charities being donated to, including the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Project 150 and West Prep Academy, are planned.

RSVP to Caitlyn Shea at caitlin@snhba.com or call 702-794-0117, ext. 100.

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE TO HOST JOB DISCOVERY PROGRAM GRADUATION

Opportunity Village, in partnership with the Clark County School District, plans to host its 12th annual Job Discovery Program graduation ceremony Aug. 8 at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Drive.

The program provides students with intellectual disabilities in high school the opportunity to receive vocational training in six different skill sets: commercial and industrial kitchen work, indoor/outdoor maintenance, retail, grounds keeping, child care and industrial. Students spend nine weeks and six hours a day learning vocational skills, and at the end of the program have the opportunity to work in the JDP II program, which provides students the opportunity to be more independent in the work place.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIRS SET IN AUGUST

A Ward 6 Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park event is planned for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive. Free school supplies and binders are set to be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided, and a balloon artist, face painters and a jump house are planned. Admission is free. For more information, call 702-229-6154.

A Ward 5 Back-to-School Fair is planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at Lorenzi Park, 3333 W. Washington Ave. For more information, call 702-229-5443.

A Ward 1 Back-to-School Community Fair is planned from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at West Charleston Lions/Essex Park, 600 Essex Drive. “Frozen” is set to be shown at dusk. For more information, call 702-229-6405.

BROADCAST STUDENTS TO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Linda and Tony Bonnici Broadcast/Communications scholarships are set to be handed out to 15 broadcast students Aug. 9 at the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s 19th annual gala at the Four Seasons Hotel, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The scholarships are largely funded by the gala’s auction, which will take place live and online during the event.

Twenty-five applicants applied for the scholarships, which pay for up to 12 credits per semester for one academic year. Seven of the 15 recipients also received the scholarship last year. This year the Jim and Beverly Rogers Scholarship, in honor of the late Jim Rogers, joins three special Bonnici scholarships named in honor of Nevadans who have given to the community and industry: DeAnne Sheehan, Mike Geary and Gary Waddell.

In January, the association plans to being a new mentoring program to go along with the scholarship program.

This year’s scholarship recipients are: Alexandria Cannito, Dena Banning, Alaina Leadbeter, Christina Jones, Crystal Muguerza, Marcus Lavergne, Sylvia Alvarado, Kelsey Ravenscraft, Kylie Braver, Shenique Schaff, Jillian Pedri, Sivan Gavish, Kheslleen Dimanche, Mackenzie Bales and Ricardo Torres.

To bid on auction items online, visit 2014nba.auction-bid.org. Gala tickets are $125. For more information or tickets, call 702-794-4994.

COX BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIRS PLANNED IN AUGUST

Free Cox Back-To-School Fairs, sponsored by Amerigroup Community Care, are set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane; Aug. 16 at The Boulevard Mall, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway, and Aug. 23 at The Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Road.

The fairs will feature community agencies and organizations hosting informational booths. Scheduled participants include several divisions of the Clark County School District, including: human resources; substitute services; support staff; facilities/zoning; food service; transportation, and school police. The Helping Kids Clinic will provide immunizations for school-aged children for a minimal fee. Parents must bring their child’s shot record for immunizations.

For more information, visit coxknowledgecollege.com.

SAFEKEY AND TEEN SCENE REGISTRATION TO START AUG. 12

The city of Henderson is set to offer early priority registration for Safekey and Teen Scene programs through August.

In-person registration is set to be available from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 12-15 and 19-22 at the Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road; the Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Road; the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway; the Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway; the Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St.; and the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive.

Safekey is offered before and after school for elementary school-age children. Teen Scene is offered after school for students in grades 6-8. The programs provide structured, supervised activities designed to keep children active and engaged.

For more information, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 702-267-4100.

BANK OF AMERICA DONATES FUNDS TO DELTA ACADEMY

Bank of Nevada is donating funds to purchase a comprehensive literacy program for at-risk students at The Delta Academy, 818 W. Brooks Ave., North Las Vegas.

“Bank of Nevada’s generous donation will allow us to purchase books for our comprehensive literacy program,” said Kyle Konold, Ph.D., executive director of the academy. “In addition to their generous donation, Bank of Nevada is introducing us to civic-minded companies to create community partnerships so we may expand our educational and vocational programs. Our goal is to prepare our students to vocationally fulfill the needs of our community. ”

The academy plans to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 for its remodeled 32,000-square-foot campus. For more information, call 702-396-2252 or visit deltaacademylv.com.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU PLANS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The Better Business Bureau serving Southern Nevada is hosting a school supply donation drive through Aug. 22. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, donations can be dropped off at the BBB at 6040 S. Jones Blvd. Suggested donations include backpacks, binders, colored pencils, composition notebooks, crayons, erasers, paper, pencils, pocket calculators, pocket folders, rulers and spiral notebooks.

For more information, contact Darrellyn Bonstell at 702-320-4500, ext. 253, or dbonstell@sn.bbb.org.

MIRACLE MILE SHOPS COLLECTS FUNDS FOR COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NEVADA

As part of its Caring, Giving, Changing community campaign, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will collect donations in its fountain through August for Communities In Schools of Nevada to help advance the organization’s mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CITY OF LAS VEGAS HIRING FOR SAFEKEY POSITIONS

The city of Las Vegas is looking for 75 people to work with elementary students in the Safekey educational and recreational enrichment program. Positions average 19 to 25 hours per week and pay $10 to $12 per hour. Positions available for the 2014-15 school year include site assistant and site leader. Applicants must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, first aid and CPR certification at time of hire/reclassification, physical agility, formal and informal education or training to read and write at a level necessary for job performance, and six to 12 months of experience working with children in a group setting.

For job descriptions and applications, visit lasvegasnevada.gov/employment or visit 416 N. Seventh St. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 702-229-3399.

NATHAN ADELSON HOSPICE COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Through Aug. 18, Nathan Adelson Hospice will serve as a drop-off point for school supplies for Robert L. Taylor and Sunrise Acres elementary schools.

Supplies needed include backpacks; paper; crayons; markers; scissors; erasers; glue sticks; tissues; colored pencils; pocket folders; rulers; binders; paper towels; and zippered plastic bags. Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at two hospice locations: 4141 Swenson St. and 3150 N. Tenaya Way, or on the third floor of the MountainView Medical Offices building.

Donations will be delivered to the schools before the first day of classes on Aug. 25. For more information, visit nah.org.

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE PLANS OPERATION SCHOOL BELL FOR SEPT. 8

The Assistance League of Las Vegas plans to launch its annual Operation School Bell program Sept. 8. It provides more than 8,300 at-risk students with a back-to-school shopping experience from September through April each year. Children in grades kindergarten through eighth also receive age-specific hygiene kits.

School counselors refer students to the program beginning in August. Each child shops with the assistance of a volunteer to select two complete outfits.

For more information, visit lasvegas.assistanceleague.org.

INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE SEEKS HOST FAMILIES

The International High School is seeking host families for exchange students ages 15 to 18 from around the world for the upcoming school year.

Host families are needed for the fall semester and the full school year. Hosts serve as mentors and as a home base for their student. Each student is responsible for spending money and full health insurance coverage.

Applications are due by Aug. 15. For more information, contact Dawn Green at d.green@international-experience.net or call 208-447-8118.

STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM SEEKS HOST FAMILIES

The World Heritage Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for high school exchange students from more than 30 countries, including Germany, Spain, Thailand, Denmark and France.

Couples, single parents and families with and without children are encouraged to apply to host a student for a semester or the entire school year. Each exchange student is fully insured, has personal spending money and expects to contribute to household responsibilities.

For more information, call 800-888-9040, email info@world-heritage.org or visit whhosts.com.

WET’N’WILD LAS VEGAS OFFERS FREE ADMISSION FOR GOOD SCHOOLWORK

As a summer treat to show appreciation for local residents and pass holders, Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas, 7055 S. Fort Apache Road, is offering several free admission opportunities to enjoy the park.

Wet‘n’Wild is rewarding Clark County students for their good work during school. Students who received straight A’s on their year-end report card can present it at any ticket window to receive a free general admission ticket. This offer is good for K-12 students one time during the 2014 season.

For more information, visit wetnwildlasvegas.com.

NEVADA STATE COLLEGE SEEKS STORIES FOR STUDENT-RUN LITERARY JOURNAL

Nevada State College and its Humanities Department are looking for stories to be printed in its student-run literary journal, 300 Days of Sun. It is a print journal featuring poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art.

It is seeking submissions for its second issue through Sept. 30. The book is slated to be printed in December. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase online and through the Nevada State College Bookstore.

Faculty adviser Dr. Gregory Robinson, chairman of the Humanities Department, said it is looking for original, unpublished work in English with the theme of Las Vegas. All submissions should involve the theme in some way.

Authors should consider this theme liberally, writing about the desert, Southern Nevada and culture outside the Strip.

For more information or to submit, visit https://300daysofsun.submittable.com/submit.

ALL 4 KIDS TO BE OFFERED AT CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER

The program All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit is being offered by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension for children 3 to 5 through Aug. 18 at the Cambridge Community Center, 3930 Cambridge St.

The program encourages children and their parents to be healthy, active and fit by providing interactive experiences that promote healthful habits.

The program is free and is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Space is limited, and classes are taught in English and Spanish.

To sign up, call 702-948-5942 or email all_for_kids@unce.unr.edu.

HELEN MEYER COMMUNITY CENTER TO HOST SUMMER PROGRAMS

The Helen Meyer Community Center, 4525 New Forest Drive, plans to offer pre-kindergarten one-week summer programs for children 3 to 5 through Aug. 22.

Programs are scheduled from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $65 per week.

Lessons planned include Spanish language, fun with numbers and letters, science, animal adventures, art, music, story book and crafts, sports, exercise and nutrition.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/3quf388 or call 702-455-7723.

THREE SQUARE OFFERS SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM FOR KIDS

Three Square food bank and its program partners have launched this year’s installment of the Summer Food Service Program, which runs through Aug. 22. It ensures that children across the Las Vegas Valley have access to nutritious meals during their summer break when free and reduced meals are not available.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by Nevada’s Department of Agriculture. It is free for children 18 or younger and is offered Monday through Friday at more than 70 sites across the valley.

For a list of sites, visit whyhunger.org/findfood or threesquare.org or call 866-348-6479.

STUDENTS INVITED TO ENTER POETRY COMPETITION

Clark County high school students are invited to submit original poems for the Vegas Valley Book Festival Spark! 2014 Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition, scheduled for Sept. 2. Modeled after the national Poetry Out Loud competition and the Scholastic Writing competition, the contest will give students the opportunity to recite their poetry during the Vegas Valley Book Festival on Oct. 18. First-place prize is $300, second place is $200 and third is $100.

Students will be asked to submit three original poems to be judged by a panel of poets, authors, educators and other community members. The top six will advance to the recitation round. The top three highest-scoring students in that round will determine first, second and third place.

For competition details, guidelines and a registration form, visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org/spark-poetry-writing-recitation-competition.

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