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Students Tour Recycling Center

Students Tour Recycling Center

NV Energy and JACO Refrigerator Recycle Center teamed up to teach a group of students the importance of recycling fridges.

Third and fourth-graders from Myrtle Tate Elementary School received a tour of the center Tuesday. The plant can recycle 95 percent of an old refrigerator.

“We are trying to teach them that recycling is good for the environment, and it can also save a lot of energy if you do it. And we're showing them that all of the pieces that come out of these refrigerators can be made into other products, like cell phones, laptops, things of that sort,” said Michael Dunham, Director of Energy and Environmental Programs.

NV Energy offers free pick up and a $50 rebate to customers who want to recycle their old refrigerator. For more information about the program, go to nvenergy.com/refrigerator.

UNLV Gets Money to Expand College Prep Program


UNLV will be getting money to expand a program that helps middle school kids get ready for college.

The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs or GEAR UP targets kids in low-income or under-performing schools. The idea is to teach kids starting in seventh grade the skills they need to get into college and succeed once they are there.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday it was giving three grants to the program totaling $7 million. The money will allow the program to expand into 11 middle schools around the Las Vegas Valley.

GEAR UP provides students with counseling on college admissions and financial aid. They also get help in class and after school to improve their grades. The program also helps teachers with professional development.

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley made the announcement Tuesday. She says programs like this one will help with job creation in the future.

Middle School with No Air Conditioning

Students at Roy Martin Middle School spent a hot day at school Tuesday when air conditioning in several of the classrooms stopped working.

A maintenance worker spent the day fixing the problem. However, the students were not sent home. It is only the second day of school, but Martin Middle School is the second school in the district to lose air conditioning. Students at Wayne Tanaka Elementary School were allowed to go home Monday because the air conditioning was out in that school.

Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

The lines are long at the Southern Nevada Health District as parents scramble to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

A child that is not fully immunized cannot attend Clark County schools. With school starting Monday, parents have limited time to get the shots they need. Students from kindergarten through college freshman could be in need of new vaccinations.

“We are one of the few states that have a requirement for hepatitis A. Anyone who is new to the school district needs to get their hep A or they will be turned away. This is going to happen. You are going to be turned away. All seventh graders that do not have T-DAP will be sent home. It is the new mandate from three years ago,” said Veronica Morata-Nichols with the Southern Nevada Health District.

The wait has been as long as an hour and a half for parents and students. Some kids have needed one shot while others have needed as many as six.   

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Clark County School District schools start Monday and so do Safekey programs.

The 22 Safekey sites in North Las Vegas are set to open on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. Potential recreation center closures resulting from recently approved budget reductions will not affect Safekey operations.

Parents can register for Safekey now or attend Clark County School District open house events, where City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide registration forms.  Parents can register and pay their $5 enrollment fee at these events. Parents also can register online at www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com and at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce Street or Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

Free Back to School Immunization Clinic Planned

Free Back to School Immunization Clinic Planned

Vaccines are a little painful but kids have to have them to go back to school. On Saturday, kids will get a chance to get the shots they need for free.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition will be offering a vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Teamsters Union Hall at 700 N. Lamb Boulevard. The shots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There are new rules for vaccines this year. Kids must now have two Hepatitis A shots, three Hepatitis B shots, a Polio vaccine and a second dose of Varicella or chicken pox vaccine. If the fourth dose of the Polio vaccine was given before the child's fourth birthday it is invalid. 

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.