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Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Local Students Get Help to Apply for College This Week

Students at nine Clark County School District high schools will get a chance this week to apply for college during a special College Application Week.

On Wednesday, representatives from Washington, D.C. were visiting Eldorado High School to help students there with their applications.

This is the first year that Nevada has been part of the nationwide push to get students to go to college. The effort is sponsored by gotocollegenevada.org.

School counselors, teachers, parents and community volunteers, along with college representatives, will be on hand at all the participating schools to help students fill out college applications.

Students who may not have considered college or need extra support in filling out the application are being targeted during this special week.

Wrestling Star Reads to Local Students

Wrestling Star Reads to Local Students

A superstar from the world of wrestling read to a group of kids at a local elementary school Thursday.

WWE superstar Sheamus read to children at Gragson Elementary School. The event was part of a push by Jumpstart to break a world record for reading the same book on the same day.

Sheamus read the book "Otis" by Loren Long. 

Las Vegas Elementary School Receives National Recognition

Las Vegas Elementary School Receives National Recognition

LAS VEGAS --  Walter Bracken Academy School has been named to receive a 2013 Blue Ribbon National School designation from the United States Department of Education.

Bracken, which specializes in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, was the only school in Clark County to be selected for the award.

In order for a school to receive a Blue Ribbon designation, it must achieve in the top 10 percent of its state tests. It must also have at least 40 percent of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds make significant improvement on state tests.

"We are so honored to receive recognition for our innovative program that is helping our students to achieve," said principal Katie Decker. "This is truly an award that helps us show what a school can achieve with everyone working together."

Online Retailer, Shoe Company Donate to Teachers at At-Risk School

Online Retailer, Shoe Company Donate to Teachers at At-Risk School

One of the biggest online retailers, based in southern Nevada, and a shoe company surprised teachers at one elementary school by donating a pair of shoes to each teacher.

Zappos and Clarks stopped at Hollingsworth Elementary School Thursday with a selection of shoes for the teachers, school supplies and a free lunch.

The teachers could choose a new pair of shoes that will be shipped overnight to them, in time for the first day of school.

Hollingsworth Elementary School is an at-risk school and 65 percent of its students are non-English speakers. The majority of the students are eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program.  

Peggy's Attic Taking in Donations for Kids in Need

Peggy's Attic Taking in Donations for Kids in Need

Peggy's Attic at Child Haven is holding a donation drive to collect supplies for kids in need.

The charity is looking for new and gently used items. The items go to the kids who are transitioning from Child Haven to foster care or kinship care. They also go to children that are involved in the family court system. Especially, families that are in crisis.

The thing the charity needs the most is backpacks.

"There is a need out there. I have a lot of families come in, and I had one mom, in particular, was selling her plasma on a weekly basis in order to be able to put food on the table for the children," Audrie Rosenstein with Peggy's Attic said.

They are also accepting school supplies and personal hygiene products. When children are taken from their homes by the Department of Family Services, they are often without any personal items.

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

 

Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are: