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Valley School Wins Library Makeover

Kids at Faye Herron Elementary School will get a whole new library thanks to retail giant Target.

The school was one of only a handful of schools around the country to win a makeover for their library. The program includes a complete renovation including 2,000 new books and technology upgrades. Target will also build a food pantry stocked with healthy foods for the school.

On Tuesday, the school's principal will join Target executives along with education experts and other principals, whose schools are also getting the makeover, at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. 

New Fire Station Plans Community Fair

Firefighters at the newest fire station in the valley will host a community fair and pancake breakfast on Saturday.

The fair starts at 8 a.m. at Clark County Fire Station 20 at 5865 Judson Ave. During the fair, visitors will be able to walk through the fire station and meet with firefighters. There will also be representatives from NV Energy, Southwest Gas, Metro Police, the School District, and the Southern Nevada Health District.

 Several businesses from the area will also have booths at the fair. The department is encouraging people to arrive early if they want a pancake breakfast because they may run out.

“At the Clark County Fire Department, we strive to be a good neighbor and community partner,” Fire Chief Bertral Washington said. "This will be the first of many planned community events at our fire stations."

The event is set to end at 11 a.m.

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Achievement Awards Given to Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada honored 34 Girl Scouts during its recent 2011 Young Women of Distinction ceremony at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts highest earned honor, and is an opportunity for a girl to put her leadership skills, career interests, and personal values together to serve her community. Gold Award recipients:

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

More than 400 kids at one valley elementary school got new shoes today thanks to a local law firm.

The students from Liliam Lujan Elementary at Lake Mead and Hollywood were paired with the Holland and Hart Law Firm. The non-profit group Shoes That Fit worked with the firm to get shoe sizes, then workers at the company purchased shoes for specific children. For many kids this is the first new pair of shoes they've ever received. 

This is the third year Holland and Hart has held a shoe drive. Sean Thueson a partner with Holland and Hart says one of the best parts of donation day is when kids tell him they can run faster now because of their new shoes.


CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

CAI Nevada Accepting Nominations for Annual Heroes Awards

The Nevada chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), a national membership organization for HOA management companies, volunteer board members, professional service providers and business partners, is hosting its annual Heroes Awards to honor everyday individuals who have displayed acts of bravery and community mindedness in the spirit of 9/11.

The Heroes Awards originated in 2002 from an overwhelming desire to remember those lost and to recognize those involved in the relief efforts of 9/11. It is now an annual commemorative event for CAI Nevada.

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Graffiti Cleanup Helps Whitney Neighborhood

Graffiti Cleanup Helps Whitney Neighborhood

Volunteers joined County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow on Saturday morning for a graffiti cleanup in a neighborhood near the Whitney Recreation Center, not far from Boulder Highway and Tropicana. The cleanup attracted about 30 volunteers, including some firefighters from nearby Station 17 until they were called away. The project included painting over graffiti and picking up trash and debris.

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