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NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Escobedo, Legacy Win Big at Music Competition

Escobedo Middle School and Legacy High School's Chamber Ensemble claimed top honors at the "Notes to Grow" music competition for local middle and high schools Saturday at Leavitt Middle School.

Both schools received $8,000 for their first-place finishes. A total of $36,000 in prize money sponsored by Las Vegas area Walmart and Sam's Club stores was divided among seven area schools’ music programs.

Local middle school and high school musical groups submitted applications and performance video for the contest for online evaluation and public voting.

Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization in Henderson, completed its annual Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon. During Nevada Reading Week, February 28 through March 4, Clark County School District students from local at-risk elementary schools were challenged to read in order to benefit Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs serving them.  Over 1,280,000 pages were read by 22 partner schools adopted by Kids to Kids, a flagship program of Spread the Word Nevada, which distributes books to these schools on a monthly basis.

“The success of our children’s literacy program is made possible only through the generosity and involvement of individuals from our community, sponsors, board members, and volunteers,” stated Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director, of Spread the Word Nevada. “We are proud of all the students who participated in Pennies for Pages, who read amazing amounts of pages to earn more books for their home libraries.”

Middle School and High School Students Sought for Rubik’s Cube Competition

Middle School and High School Students Sought for Rubik’s Cube Competition

The Las Vegas Science Festival is looking for teams of middle and high school students to compete in the Rubik's Cube Competition! The Competition is open to all Clark and Nye County Schools, be them public, private, religious, or home, with teams divided into two divisions, Division 1 for grades 6-8 and Division 2 for grades 9-12. the competition will have teams competing to solve 25 Rubik's Cubes. Registration is free, and the winning teams will get a cash prize!

 For additional information, visit www.lasvegassciencefestival.com, or to sign up a team visit www.lasvegassciencefestival.com/participate-rubiks.html before April 8th.

Las Vegas Students Take on Rebel Reading Challenge

Las Vegas Students Take on Rebel Reading Challenge

The UNLV Rebels partnered with SuperPawn and Spread the Word Nevada, a local nonprofit, children's literacy program, for the Rebel Reading Challenge. Eight schools adopted by Spread the Word Nevada for literacy services participated in the challenge. 

More than 573,600 pages were read by participating elementary schools in the Las Vegas Valley. Winning classes from Wynn and C.P. Squires Elementary attended the last Rebel Basketball game. For many of these students, this was their first basketball game. “This was the best thing I’ve ever done,” reported a student from C.P. Squires Elementary School. Schools adopted by Spread the Word Nevada consist of students with economic barriers.

Johnson Middle Schools Learns About the Dangers of Kitchen Fires

Johnson Middle Schools Learns About the Dangers of Kitchen Fires

This Monday, the students of Carroll M. Johnson Middle School learned about the dangers of cooking fires with a live demonstration by the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Using a specially designed prop, the firefighters started a small stove top grease fire. The firefighters then demonstrated how to safely extinguish the fire. Thanks for showing the teens of North Las Vegas how to handle themselves in this type of common kitchen emergency!

CCSD Seeks Imput on Budget from North Las Vegas Residents at Town Hall Meeting

CCSD Seeks Imput on Budget from North Las Vegas Residents at Town Hall Meeting

Clark County is facing some tough decisions when it comes to the new round of budget cuts facing the school district. In order to make the best informed decisions about how to proceed, CCSD is hosting a Town Hall meeting to get feedback directly from the residents of Clark County. The thoughts and feedback you put forth at the meeting will in turn be used to help the district develop budgets for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 based on projected shortfalls and the governor’s proposed budget.

If you want to have your voice be heard in this matter, come out to the North Las Vegas Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 15th from 6 to 8 pm at Mojave High School, 5302 Goldfield St., North Las Vegas, 89031.