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Donation Brings Books to Rundle Elementary

Donation Brings Books to Rundle Elementary


A gift from a mining company will help improve students at an at-risk elementary school in Las Vegas.

Barrick Gold Corporation donated $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada, a group working to improve literacy in southern Nevada.

The money will be used to fund Rundle Elementary School's participation in a program that provides free books each month to every student for the next two years. For some children, these books are the only ones they own.

Besides the books, the program also includes family literacy events to improve the reading skills of every member of the family. It also provides tutoring programs for struggling readers.

At a celebration of the donation set for January 25, each student will get five free books to take home with them. 

Adopt a Military Family for the Holidays

Adopt a Military Family for the Holidays


There are a lot of ways to show the spirit of the holidays and give to those in need. Now, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 is offering another with military members in mind.

The post has set up at an Adopt-a-Military-Family tree. The tree features the names of military families, veterans, and Fallen Gold Star families that could use some help to have a happy holiday this year.

The public is encouraged to drop by the post at 4337 Las Vegas Boulevard, which is near Craig Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, to take a name from the tree. Those waiting to donate can also email adoptamilitaryfamily@hotmail.com and the family's information will be sent.

Breakfast will be Served to Thousands of Southern Nevada Kids

Breakfast will be Served to Thousands of Southern Nevada Kids

Hundreds of breakfast meals have been donated by grocery stores around the Las Vegas valley to serve hungry kids.

Three Square Food Bank has teamed up with Smith's Food & Drug Stores and Food 4 Less to collect milk and Kellogg cereals to serve to kids in need. Two semi-trucks carried 89,856 boxes of cereal to the food bank’s warehouse on Pecos Road Thursday morning. That cereal, and the 864 gallons of 2 percent milk that came with it, will provide 13,824 8-ounce servings for kids.

The president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank, Brian Burton, says half the kids in the Clark County School District use the free or reduced-lunch program, which means many go hungry during the summer.

Donate a Suit, Swim for Free Friday Night

Donate a Suit, Swim for Free Friday Night


You can swim for free Friday night at local pools in exchange for a small clothing donation.

Hollywood and Desert Breeze outdoor pools are hosting the “Make a Splash” swimsuit drive from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. A family of four can swim for free at either facility in exchange for donating a new children’s swimsuit at the door. Youth swimsuits for boys and girls in all sizes are needed, and will be distributed to children in need whose families can’t afford swimsuits. Any admission collected during the event in lieu of a donated suit also will be used to purchase new swimsuits.

Local Letter Carriers and Partners Collect More Than 202 Tons of Food

Local letter carriers in Southern Nevada, working with a number of dedicated partners, helped collect 404,028 pounds of non-perishable food during the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

That is more than 202 tons of food, which was distributed to more than 20 local food pantries in Southern Nevada to help those who struggle with hunger.  Last year, this effort collected 372,789 pounds of food.

“We know we are making a difference,” said Glenn Norton, president of the Las Vegas branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  “As letter carriers, we see the need every day on our routes, which is why we look forward to this national food drive every year. But we couldn’t make the impact we do without the community’s support, or the support of our amazing partners. On behalf of all our member letter carriers, I offer a sincere thank you.”

Three Schools Benefit from Target Program


The retail giant Target is providing millions of dollars to schools around the country. Three schools in southern Nevada will be benefiting from the program.

Target is giving out $15,000 in reading grants to Gragson Elementary and Fay Herron Elementary Schools. The funding is part of the Target School Library Makeover program. The schools have already received new libraries. The money will now be spent on new books for those libraries.

The company is also renovating the library at Whitney Elementary School. The school will be getting new books, furniture, carpeting and shelves. It will also get upgraded technology, including iPads. The school will also get a Target Meals for Minds food pantry. Whitney Elementary has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  

The retailer will be providing money to 150 in-need schools around the country. In all, the company plans on spending $12 million on schools.

Zip Line Attraction Donates to the Animal Foundation

A zip line attraction at the Fremont Street Experience is donating its proceeds from Wednesday afternoon and evening to a local animal shelter.

Flightlinez will give money made until midnight Wednesday to the Animal Foundation, 655 North Mojave Road. The foundation operates the largest animal shelter in Nevada. Rides are $15 until 6 p.m. Rides after 6 p.m. are $20. Flightlinez is in the heart of the Fremont Street Experience.