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Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program

Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program

For the first time in several years thousands more southern Nevada kids will be at risk for going hungry because the school year has changed. It is no longer year-round to but a nine-month schedule which means kids who get free or reduced meals at school won't have that resource this summer.

Starting Monday, the Summer Food Service Program launches to answer that need. This year, the non-profit Three Square is expanding that program to make up for the loss of school breakfasts and lunches.

Three Square plans on doubling the amount of food it provides for the summer and is doubling the number of places that kids can get meals. Officials at the non-profit say around 160,000 students get their meals through the school. Without that resource this summer an estimated 65,000 more kids could be at risk of going hungry.

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. 

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:

Firefighters Build Ramp for Homebound Couple

Firefighters Build Ramp for Homebound Couple

The North Las Vegas Fire Department stepped up to help a couple in need.

The department teamed with workers from Home Depot to build a wheelchair ramp at the home of Ben and Lucille Gonzalez. The Gonzalez family couldn't attend a pancake breakfast hosted by the fire department because they didn't have a wheelchair ramp at their home. When the firefighters heard about the problem, they decided to do what they could make Mr. Gonzales more mobile.    Home Depot donated all the building materials for the ramp. Ben Gonzales is a veteran. He was awarded the purple heart for his service in the Korean War. They say having the ramp will give them their independence back.   

North Las Vegas School Gets New Playground

North Las Vegas School Gets New Playground

A North Las Vegas Charter School got a new playground thanks to the work of more than 350 volunteers. People from Surgical Care Affiliates and the One Hundred Academy of Excellence put together the equipment today. The new playground will provide a place to play for the more than 300 students at the Academy. Playground equipment maker Kaboom created the design based on drawings submitted by students back in March. The volunteers hope it will encourage kids to get out in play. Only 1 in 5 children in the country live within walking distance of a park or playground.

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.