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Education Notebook, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2014

ANDSON INC. KICKS OFF TUTOR PROGRAM

Local nonprofit Andson Inc. recently kicked off tutor orientation for its 120-plus tutors and aides, certified Clark County School District teachers paid to provide after-school assistance to at-risk students. The program, Andson Academics 2014-2015, provides after-school homework help and tutoring to students at more than 30 locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including all Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, 13 local elementary schools, one middle school, two libraries and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City.

For more information, visit andson.org.

WELLS FARGO BANK HONORS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Wells Fargo Bank is honoring Nevada Teacher of the Year Jeff Hinton of Advanced Technologies Academy on ATMs. During September, most of Wells Fargo’s more than 150 ATMs in Southern Nevada will feature a screen congratulating Hinton. Wells Fargo’s ATM customers will see his picture and details about his teaching achievements.

CAREER AND COLLEGE FAIR SET FOR TEENS

The Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane, plans a free teen career and college fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29.

Representatives from schools and other organizations are scheduled to be on hand to answer questions. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the event.

For more information, call 702-507-6041 or visit lvccld.org.

MAC KING, FOUNDATION TEAM UP FOR ESSAY CONTEST

Harrah’s comedy-magician Mac King and The Public Education Foundation are hosting an essay contest for all Clark County School District fifth-graders. Titled Why Reading is Magical, the contest will kick off this year’s Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour.

The deadline is end of day Oct. 3. First-, second- and third-place essays will be selected. All three winning students will be given the chance to present their essays on stage with Mac King at the Vegas Valley Book Festival Oct. 18. The first-place winner, along with his/her entire fifth-grade class, will be awarded a trip to see “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas, including a meet-and-greet and photos with Mac King after the show.

Students can either email entries to essay@preferredpublicrelations.com by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 3 or mail them to 2630 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 (mailed essays must be postmarked by Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m.).

UNITED WAY GRANTS TO HELP PROVIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD SCHOLARSHIPS

United Way of Southern Nevada was awarded a $1 million grant to provide children 5 or younger with an opportunity to attend high-quality preschool programs. Windsong Trust, a private foundation for children’s education, funded the grant that will provide 250 full-time scholarships for one full year, as well as teacher training and professional development for 135 teachers. This is the fourth year that United Way has received the grant.

Licensed centers interested in partnering with the United Way should call 702-892-2309. Scholarships are available now. Interested applicants may apply at uwsn.org/taps.

For more information, contact Angela Rose, director of community development, at 702-892-2324 or angelar@uwsn.org.

MCDONALD’S TO AWARD GRANTS TO AREA TEACHERS

McDonald’s is currently leading the Make Activities Count Grants program, which has local franchise owners awarding up to $30,000 to fund educational initiatives in Southern Nevada during the 2014-15 school year.

Applications from all Southern Nevada kindergarten through eighth-grade educators are being accepted through Oct. 1. Teachers can apply to receive up to a $500 grant to support unique and interesting learning experiences such as science experiments, music appreciation and health initiatives.

To apply, visit tinyurl.com/p54v96q.

SOLAR FESTIVAL SET FOR OCT. 11 AT LIFELONG LEARNING CENTER

The Conservation District of Southern Nevada plans to host the third annual Solarbration Solar Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road. The purpose of the free festival is to blend art, technology and outreach to promote renewable energy, inspire conservation and support sustainable communities. Solar-powered art, demonstrations, information on sustainable energy and live music are planned.

For more information, visit solarbration.org.

WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST 50TH REUNION

Western High School’s class of 1964 plans to host its 50th reunion, the Warrior Dinner and Dancing Party, at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Aliante, 7300 Aliante Parkway.

The class is one of the four founding classes of Western, 4601 W. Bonanza Road. A meet-and-greet event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Aces & Ales, 2801 N. Tenaya Way.

A block of rooms at the Aliante will be reserved for out-of-town attendees. For more information, call Connie Arnoldsen Davis at 702-450-9192, Lynda Craner Carson at 702-878-6186 or email dancinglit@aol.com.

UNLV FOUNDATION DINNER SET FOR OCT. 13 AT BELLAGIO

The UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner is planned for Oct. 13 at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, to honor Las Vegas Sands chairman Sheldon Adelson and the late philanthropist Kitty Rodman.

The event began in 1989 as a way to celebrate individuals and organizations that advance UNLV’s mission through their private support.

The keynote speech at the event is scheduled to be given by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For more more information, visit unlv.edu/foundation.

NEVADA ARTS COUNCIL TO COMPILE ARTS ROSTER

The Nevada Arts Council’s 2015–18 Artists in Schools + Communities Roster is designed as an online resource for schools, organizations and communities to broaden and diversify participation in the arts by engaging artists in educational and community cultural residencies and programs. Roster artists visit host schools and organizations to share their expertise and encourage active learning in the arts.

Two tracks are offered — an education track for arts-based learning experiences in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 settings and a community track for arts-based learning experiences in community settings. Artists may apply in one or both tracks. A panel of artists, educators, presenters and community members will review eligible applications in early fall. The deadline is Sept. 30.

Selected artists will represent a range of art forms and have experience in collaborating with schools and communities to conduct arts learning and cultural experiences. When accepted to the roster, artists and ensembles are promoted by the council to communities around the state for potential workshop, performance and residency opportunities.

For more information, call Maryjane Dorofachuk at 702-486-3738 or visit nac.nevadaculture.org.

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 the 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 the department 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.

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