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High School Students Take Part in Robotics Competition

High School Students Take Part in Robotics Competition

Robotics students from 10 Clark County School District (CCSD) schools will compete in the 2011 Las Vegas Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition that will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus. The opening of competition will be at 9 a.m. each day. The event is free and open to the public.

The robotics competition immerses high school students in the world of design, engineering and technology and this competition requires students to collaborate with professional mentors to design and build a champion robot in just six weeks. The popularity of this event continues to grow as back in 2005, only three local high schools competed in this event. Participating local high schools include: Arbor View, Basic, Boulder City, Cimarron-Memorial, Clark, Coronado, Rancho, Southwest Career & Technical Academy and Valley.

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Escobedo, Legacy Win Big at Music Competition

Escobedo Middle School and Legacy High School's Chamber Ensemble claimed top honors at the "Notes to Grow" music competition for local middle and high schools Saturday at Leavitt Middle School.

Both schools received $8,000 for their first-place finishes. A total of $36,000 in prize money sponsored by Las Vegas area Walmart and Sam's Club stores was divided among seven area schools’ music programs.

Local middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting.

Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization in Henderson, completed its annual Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon. During Nevada Reading Week, February 28 through March 4, Clark County School District students from local at-risk elementary schools were challenged to read in order to benefit Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs serving them.  Over 1,280,000 pages were read by 22 partner schools adopted by Kids to Kids, a flagship program of Spread the Word Nevada, which distributes books to these schools on a monthly basis.

“The success of our children’s literacy program is made possible only through the generosity and involvement of individuals from our community, sponsors, board members, and volunteers,” stated Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director, of Spread the Word Nevada. “We are proud of all the students who participated in Pennies for Pages, who read amazing amounts of pages to earn more books for their home libraries.”

Kirk L. Adams Elementary Teacher Recieves Learning & Leadership Grant!

Kirk L. Adams Elementary Teacher Recieves Learning & Leadership Grant!

Congratulations are in order for Christina Brockett, a teacher at Kirk L. Adams Elementary School! Ms. Brockett has been awarded a $5,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA foundation, which she will be using to lead the teaching community in a study on differentiated instruction. This is a type of instruction where the teachers are able to explore specific educational needs and collaborate to identify student needs and improve learning.

The Foundation awards grants to educators three times a year.  Deadlines for the next review periods are June 1, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2011.  Descriptions of current and past recipients, online application forms, and an instructional video can be found at www.neafoundation.org.