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Students Learn About Careers in Science and Technology

Thousands of students from around southern Nevada got a chance to learn about careers in science and technology at the College of Southern Nevada Science and Technology Expo at the Cheyenne Campus.

The all-day event allowed current college students to showcase some of the projects they are working on. The idea is to show students in elementary, middle and high schools how interesting science, technology, engineering and mathematics can be.

About 2,500 young students got a chance to learn about everything from robotics to commercial photography. 

Cheyenne Marching Band Needs Votes

The Cheyenne High School Marching Band is looking for help to win a national contest.

The band has entered a nationwide contest that if it wins could earn it instruments, accessories and other items. The U.S. Scholastic Band Association and the band CAKE are sponsoring the event along with support from top instrument makers like Yamaha and Fender.

The students had to create a video of them performing "The Federal Funding March" then upload the video to a website. Anyone can now log onto the site and vote for the Cheyenne High School Marching Band. The deadline to vote is Monday. 

To vote, go to federalfundingmarch.strutta.com.

 

Students Get Early Holiday Treat

Students Get Early Holiday Treat

Hundreds of kids at an elementary school received an early holiday treat Wednesday. North Las Vegas Police teamed up with AmeriCorps volunteers to bring toys and other gifts to kids at Lincoln Edison Elementary School.

Students received winter clothing, board games and toys. More than 700 students participated in the early Christmas.

The police officers say meeting with the kids is a chance to interact with them on a personal level.

"It is a good example for us to reach out to the kids, especially in a time like this with the holiday season,” North Las Vegas Police Lt. Dennis Nowakowski said. “They get to see us outside the scope of our normal day-to-day duties and get a chance to meet us on a much more personal level.”

AmeriCorps volunteers wrapped more than 4,000 presents for the children. 

School Recognized for Anti-Hate and Anti-Bullying Efforts

School Recognized for Anti-Hate and Anti-Bullying Efforts

An anti-hate and anti-bullying message is being taken to heart by the students and staff at Quannah McCall Elementary School. Now, they are being recognized for their efforts.

The Anti-Defamation League named it the “No Place for Hate School of the Year.” The school gained the honor because of several anti-hate projects. It was chosen out of 32 other schools in the district. On the wall of McCall Elementary is the message: don’t bully or pick on others, be courteous. It is a message that is getting through to the students.

“There is no bullying. There is no hating. Everybody is kind to each other,” fifth grader Guadalupe Urbina said. 

 The school has several tough challenges. All of the students are on the free or reduced lunch program. It is in a neighborhood known for a lot of gang activity. However, the school is defying the odds. Test scores are up and discipline problems are down.

'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

 

School Receives Library Update

School Receives Library Update

Students at one elementary school celebrated a new place to learn. Students and teachers at Fay Herron Elementary School got their first look at their new library Friday.

The school received the new library through the Target School Library Makeover program. Through the program, the school got $200,000 for improvements. It also received 2,000 new books and a bag of seven books for each child to take home.

"Our school has always been very low in literacy. We need to raise that student achievement, especially for reading. We want children to be excited about reading, excited about books. That is what we're doing: trying to create that excitement to promote more reading," Principal Judy Jordahl said.

The retail giant awarded the grant with the help of the Heart of America Foundation, a nonprofit based out of Washington, D.C.