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Percussion Performance Brings Anti-Bullying Message


Students at one Las Vegas middle school received an anti-bullying message in an entertaining way Friday.

The percussion group Knack Entertainment held three performances at Keller Middle School. The performances were interactive and designed to teach kids about the consequences of bullying and show them an alternative to harassing others.

"We have them come and say 'hey, you know, instead of bullying, why don't you do something else. Why don't you go drum. Why don't you go do something creative. Keep your mind off of that and go spend your energy somewhere else',"  Knack Entertainment director Mike Silvia said.

The group also had a message to students that if they see bullying to report it.

Students Create Cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes


Hundreds of students at one local elementary school worked to lift the spirits of members of the military by creating holiday cards for them.

Fifth grade students from Myrtle Tate Elementary School spent Thursday creating the holiday cards for the American Red Cross' annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program. The cards will be delivered to active military members and veterans around the world.

Tate Elementary is an NV Energy focus school. Volunteers from the power company helped the students with the cards.


Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year

Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year


Clark County School District students who cut class will be facing a new batch of judges in the Truancy Diversion Project, otherwise known as truancy court.

Volunteer attorneys commit to be judges in the court and conduct weekly sessions with kids who are chronically truant. The volunteers received instructions about what to expect this year during orientation at Family Court Monday. Truancy court judges say there are a multitude of reasons students are skipping classes.

"It is a lack of friends. It is because they are hanging out with the wrong friends. It is because they do not feel good about the education they are getting. It is because they do not understand. They have learning problems. It is because they are watching other siblings. It is because they are homeless," truancy court judge William Potter said. 

City Councilman Delivers Supplies to Ward 3 Schools

Las Vegas City Councilman helped the kids in his ward by delivering much-needed school supplies.

Bob Coffin delivered supplies to all 13 elementary schools in Ward 3. Each school received a pallet loaded with an assortment of supplies from pencils and crayons to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

"I realize that some families cannot supply what children need to succeed at school during these tough economic times," said Councilman Coffin, "and our school district is struggling with funding. I just want to be sure that we are doing what we can so that every child and every school has what is necessary."

Money for the supplies came from the Ward 3 budget.



Back-to-School Safety Fair Planned for Friday

Back-to-School Safety Fair Planned for Friday


A back-to-school fair with a focus on safety is planned for Friday.

The Clark County School District Police Department will host the fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Monaco Middle School, 1870 N. Lamont Street.

Families will have access to important information about home, water and fire safety. The Clark County Fire Department will be on hand to give car seat installation demonstrations. The American Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will also have booths at the fair.

Prizes will be given away, including bikes, helmets, car seats and free tickets to the Adventuredome at Circus Circus.

Freshmen Kickoff at Las Vegas High School Planned for Friday

Las Vegas High School is kicking off the new school year with an event for the school’s freshman.

The school will host a Freshmen Kickoff event Friday. It will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the school on East Sahara Avenue. Incoming students will get a chance to meet their new teachers, get their school schedules and meet student mentors. The mentors will be available to help freshmen understand their new school environment. The students will also meet the administration, counselors and office staff.

Following the meeting with staff, the nearly 700 students expected to attend the event will be part of a special assembly and barbecue.