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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. 

Fair to Offer Safety Information for Parents and Kids

Parents and children will get a chance to learn some easy ways to stay safe at a safety fair Saturday.

The fair will be at Deer Springs Town Center at the southeast corner of North 5th Street and the northern beltway in North Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Child Safety Awareness event is being sponsored by McHenry's ATA Martial Arts Academy. Parents and kids will be able to get lessons in simple self-defense, child abduction prevention, internet safety and anti-bullying techniques.

Local firefighters and police officers will also be at the event. Parents will be able to get their kids fingerprinted and get child ID cards. The event is free and open to the public. 





Safekey Ready for Back to School

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Clark County School District schools start Monday and so do Safekey programs.

The 22 Safekey sites in North Las Vegas are set to open on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. Potential recreation center closures resulting from recently approved budget reductions will not affect Safekey operations.

Parents can register for Safekey now or attend Clark County School District open house events, where City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide registration forms.  Parents can register and pay their $5 enrollment fee at these events. Parents also can register online at www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com and at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce Street or Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

North Las Vegas to Hold Back To School Fair

The City of North Las Vegas is partnering with Nevada Youth Alliance to hold a back to school fair Saturday to help families get ready for school.

The Health and Education Fair will be at the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents of school-aged children will get access to free dental checkups, eye screenings, immunizations, physicals for sports, blood pressure and blood sugar checks. There will also be free hair cuts along with booths and vendors with education and health information for the whole family. Representatives from Nevada Check Up and Medicaid will be there to show people how to sign up for the programs.

A dance and fashion show will follow the fair in the Horn Theater on campus. Admission to the whole fair is free. 


Martial Arts Academy Hosts Child Safety Event

Martial Arts Academy Hosts Child Safety Event


A North Las Vegas martial arts academy is planning an event highlighting child safety.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at McHenry’s ATA Martial Arts Academy at Deer Springs Town Center, located at the southeast corner of North 5th Street & 215 Beltway in North Las Vegas.

Parents and children will learn easily applicable personal safety concepts such as simple breakaway self-defense instruction, role playing of possible dangers, bully prevention tactics, child abduction safety tips and internet safety precautions. Child ID cards and fingerprinting will also be addressed. Fire and police officials will be on hand for this free event.

Academy Provides Food for Summer Program

Academy Provides Food for Summer Program

The switch from year-round to nine month school has put hundreds of kids in the valley in jeopardy of going hungry.

Community centers, YMCA's and other groups have offered free meals through out the summer as part of the Summer Food Service Program. Now the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is also helping. The academy is offering hot food to kids in need at Doolittle Community Center. 

The academy is a non-profit training partnership between the culinary union, the bartenders union and several major hotels along the Strip. The food is prepared and packaged using new compostable and biodegradable containers. The facility piloted a program of free, hot food at the Freedom School at Rainbow Dreams Academy and this week expanded it to bring food to the community center.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program administered by Nevada's Department of Education that provides free, nutritious meals to children in need.

Boys and Girls Clubs Offer Summer Fun

Boys and Girls Clubs Offer Summer Fun

For the first time in several years parents across the valley are struggling to find day time activities for their school age children. All schools are now on a nine month schedule which means most kids are out of class all summer with very little to do. 

The Boys and Girls Clubs in southern Nevada are working to fill that void. The Summer Program this year offers several activities available at clubs around the Las Vegas Valley. It starts at $10 per child but the price varies depending on the location and activities. Most locations offer programs starting as early as 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Programs have started but there are still spaces available. Activities include art, crafts, field trips, sports, computers and more. Some clubs even offer free lunches for the kids.