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Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Two Las Vegas elementary school students scored a cash prize in a statewide contest.

Shayla Embriz, a fourth-grader at Elizondo Elementary, and Angel Gonzales, a fifth-grader at Ullom Elementary, both won $529 in the Third Annual Nevada $529 College Savings Day Contest.

Co-sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office and the Nevada Bankers Association, the contest was open to all Nevada Kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with the prize being a $529 gift to be used to open a college savings plan account or to enhance an existing account through Upromise, Nevada’s College Savings Plans program administrator. 

The Nevada Bankers Association once again donated the $529 prizes. The five winners were selected via random drawing: two from Clark County, one from Washoe County, and one each from a northern and southern Nevada rural community. 

Police Offer Summer Camp to Combat Gangs

Police Offer Summer Camp to Combat Gangs

North Las Vegas Police are offering a summer camp in hopes of keeping more kids out of gangs.

The Gang Resistance Education and Training or G.R.E.A.T. Camp gives kids a positive way to spend the summer and stay out of gangs. The GREAT camp is a summer camp version of the GREAT program that is usually taught in the classroom. The program focuses on life skills including building healthy relationships, goal setting, communication skills, conflict resolution, etiquette and the truth about the gang life.  This is the sixth year of the program.

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.

Students Bring History to Life

Students Bring History to Life

Students at Eisenberg Elementary School brought history to life with special presentation Friday.

The fifth-grade class researched a famous person who made a positive impact on the world, dressed like that person, then stood in the school's multipurpose room in a "wax museum" of sorts. The kids stood still until a museum visitor approached they would then recite what they had researched about that historical figure. The figures included everyone from President Obama and the First Lady to Jennifer Lopez and Bill Cosby. 

"The students learn how to research to learn about the character. Maybe one day they'll want to be a representative, they may want to be like that character but at least knowing some of the old not just the new like we see everyday," said fifth-grade teacher Lana Bates

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:

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

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.