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School Gets $25,000 from Target

A southern Nevada elementary school will start the school year with an extra $25,000.

Halle Hewetson Elementary School is one of 100 schools nationwide to get a grant from retail giant Target. The money is part of the Give With Target initiative. Through the initiative, Target will provide $2.5 million in grants to in-need schools around the country. The retailer will also be giving away Target gift cards to schools in need.

Hewetson Elementary School was selected through votes on Target’s Facebook page. People can also vote for schools to get gift cards through the Facebook page.

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

College of Southern Nevada Joins Reform Network

The College of Southern Nevada is now part of a national organization designed to help more students achieve their dream of a college education.

CSN is now part of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. The network is made up of 200 institutions around the country that follow strategies to close achievement gaps and increase completion rates for students. Each campus will approach the effort differently, but they will all follow guidelines established by Achieving the Dream. In the end, the network hopes to help 270,000 students around the country finish college.

The college is one of 25 new members of the network. They include community colleges, technical institutes and one historically black college. 

Alderman Hosts Neighborhood Meeting About Schools

Alderman Hosts Neighborhood Meeting About Schools


Clark County School District (CCSD) Trustee Lorraine Alderman will host another meeting time for residents to speak with her in an informal setting about topics of interest related to schools.

People may stop by to visit with Alderman between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Wednesday at the grocery store Marketon, 755 N. Nellis Blvd. It is near the intersection of N. Nellis Blvd and Harris Ave. A Spanish translator will be available at the event.

“By meeting in a neighborhood, I want to reach residents near where they live or work,” Alderman said. “It provides an opportunity for people to drop by without an appointment, and if they find this initial effort beneficial, I plan to hold similar events in other neighborhoods during the months ahead.”

You can view maps of the districts for the Board of School Trustees at http://ccsd.net/trustees.

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest


Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Will you accept the challenge?

Will you accept the challenge?

The 2012 Polar Plunge® registration websites are live and people are already getting in the mix for this fun and crazy event.  Check it out at iPolarPlungeNV.com and learn about you can qualify to win an iPad2 while you're at it.

Join us on February 18 in Las Vegas when we brave the chilly waters in support of a great cause! The exact location of the plunge has not yet been announced.

The Polar Plunge® is a national event for Special Olympics programs.  We challenge the Las Vegas desert-dwellers to help us prove that it can get pretty frigid here too.

Gather up your most adventurous pals.  Decide on your team theme and set your sights on the BEST COSTUME award.  Register online, collect pledges and earn some very cool prizes (like a chance to win an iPad2.)  Remember there is only one rule: NO WETSUITS ALLOWED!

Education Association Looking for Classroom Superheroes

The Clark County Education Association is looking for the teachers, staff and parents who are going above and beyond to help students succeed. The effort to find and honor those people is part of American Education Week, which started Monday.

Sharon Flick from Cunningham Elementary School and Theo Small of Sandy Miller Elementary School are just two of 70 teachers and support staff that have been nominated for the program called Classroom Superheroes.

Flick says teaching is not always easy but it is always rewarding, especially when former students recognize the effort she has made.

"They find me in the strangest places (and say,) 'You were my third grade teacher and it was the best year of my life,'" Flick said. "I ask them, 'What did I do?' (They say,) "It was the best thing: you cared. You always cared.'"

Small says when it comes to reaching and inspiring kids, teachers must think outside of the classroom.

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

'Books and Buddies' Reading Mentors Needed at Local Schools

Books and Buddies is a reading mentor program sponsored by Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy non-profit group, that matches elementary school students from a list of 26 adopted schools with adult mentors from the community. The organization has been serving low-income children and families from the adopted schools within the Clark County School District since it was founded in 2001.

Volunteers interested in helping kindergarten through fifth-grade students improve their reading proficiency, comprehension, and verbal recitation skills are encouraged to make a minimum 12-week commitment for one hour a week. Training will be provided and fingerprinting for background checks will be required.

Volunteer Contact

Libbi Erickson

Office: (702) 564-7809