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Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

Baby Shower Planned for Military Moms

It's one thing to be in the military and constantly moving around the country. It's something quite different to be pregnant while your spouse is overseas and you're left living in a community far away from family and friends.

That is how Operation Showers of Appreciation got started. It's a way to support those military families who need a good friend to throw them a baby shower when they need it most. 

Again this year Operation Showers of Appreciation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, will be assisting more than 100 military moms with all the things they need as a new parent, or soon-to-be parent.

"To have the opportunity to support and lift up these mothers is just fantastic. It helps ensure moms have what they need and reassures deployed dads that their loved ones are cared for so they can focus on their mission," said Kimberly Felshaw, President of Operation Showers of Appreciation.

Principal Kisses Pig After Kids Read 15,000 Books

Principal Kisses Pig After Kids Read 15,000 Books

 

An elementary school principal rewarded her students by kissing a pig. Scott Elementary School Principal Kristiena Rodels promised her students that if they met their reading goal for the year, she would kiss a pig.

The students fulfilled their end of the bargain reading more than 15,000 books. The students also passed the same number of reading comprehension quizzes. Principal Rodels fulfilled her end by kissing a squealing piglet provided by R.C. Farms.

Crosswalk Safety Gets Boost from Businesses

Crosswalk Safety Gets Boost from Businesses

Mia Decker was only 6 years old when she was struck and killed by a car while crossing a busy street in North Las Vegas.  

In effort to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again, a group of business owners are banding together to make that crosswalk safer. They are looking to raise money for lights around the signs at the crosswalk at Bent Arrow and Camino Eldorado.  

They held a kickoff for “Shine a Light for Mia” Friday morning. Donna Botti at Villa Pizza is heading up the project. Her pizza place and neighboring businesses near Durango Drive and Desert Inn will be offering special deals and donating part of the proceeds.

“We are trying to raise money for lights where little Mia got killed,” Botti said. “Everybody is giving a discount on their products and above that donating so much to raise money.”

Mia’s mother is grateful for the effort. She believes there should be better signs for that crosswalk.

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers Send Cards to Troops in Afghanistan

Preschoolers at Merryhill School in Las Vegas created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

Throughout January, the students decorated patriotic cards to show gratitude and express their appreciation for everything troops do to protect American citizens. The cards will arrive just in time to give a few soldiers a special Valentine’s Day reminder of love and thanks. 

Give a Book, Get a Disney Ticket

Give a Book, Get a Disney Ticket

Donating books to North Las Vegas Libraries could net you a prize this holiday season.

The City of North Las Vegas and Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are making sure “no book is left behind.” They are rounding up the Las Vegas community to benefit the North Las Vegas Library District in a “Hoedown Throwdown Book Drive.”

From Monday through Jan. 9, people are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books in English or Spanish to any of the three North Las Vegas Library locations. In appreciation for the book donations, contributing families will receive a free ticket* to Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 playing the Thomas & Mack Center from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, or Disney On Ice gifts** and family savings coupons.

*Limit 1 ticket per family, available on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability

**Available while supplies last.

There are three drop-off locations:

'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

Libbi@spreadthewordnevada.org

 

Car and Air Show Set for Saturday

West Air Aviation and the Northtown Flyers are holding an aviation and car show.

The event starts at 5 p.m., Saturday at a hangar at the North Las Vegas Airport. The show is free. It will feature planes people can actually touch and a display of classic cars. There will be a trivia contest, paper airplane contest and silent auction to benefit Boys and Girls Gymnastics Booster Club.

There will be food and beverages to purchase. People will also be able to purchase scenic plane rides. For more information, go to westairaviation.com.