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Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

Fifth Graders Win RTC Art Contest

 

Two area fifth-grade students took top honors in a recent anti-graffiti art contest.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) honored Carlos Gonzalez of Ruby Thomas Elementary School and Ashtyn Fink of the Meadows School as the grand prize winners of the Anti-Graffiti Art Contest at a special D.A.R.E. event hosted by the RTC Thursday night.

Their winning artwork was unveiled on a 40-foot RTC vehicle before an audience of friends and family.

All of the artwork was created by local fifth-grade students. More than 20 local elementary schools participated in this year’s contest, submitting more than 475 entries. The entries were narrowed down to 10, and the winners were selected by an online community poll.

Free Bowling for Good Grades

Free Bowling for Good Grades

Boyd Gaming wants to reward students for doing well in school. It is starting a new “Making the Grade” program which gives kids free games of bowling for good grades.

The program is open to elementary, middle and high school students. The offer will be good at bowling facilities at the Gold Coast, Sam’s Town and Suncoast. Students will get two free game passes for every A earned in the most recent grading period. They will also get one free game pass for every B earned.

To redeem the offer, students must bring in their latest report cards and get a membership with Kidz Klub. The club is a free bowling rewards program.

The game passes can be used whenever lanes are available between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a limit of one free game per day. Passes will expire after six months. There is also a charge for shoe rentals and additional games. A parent or guardian is required for children 12 years old and under. 

UNLV Launches Reading Challenge

UNLV Launches Reading Challenge

Thousands of school children from across the Las Vegas valley took part in a huge event Monday to promote literacy.

UNLV Athletics and Superpawn teamed up to bring nearly 7,000 fourth and fifth graders to the Thomas & Mack Center for the Rebel Reading Challenge. UNLV coaches and athletes along with local celebrities all took part.

“It is a chance for elementary students to get really excited about reading, and to partner with out community partners because we know literacy is so important. The other piece about today is to start getting kids on a college campus,” said Dwight Jones, Clark County School District Superintendent.

Students at the participating schools will compete in a 30-day competition to see which class can read the most pages. The winning classes will win trips to UNLV men's basketball games and pizza parties.

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

Stopping Bullying Focus of Town Hall

 

The Clark County School District is taking a strong stance against a growing problem in schools-- bullying.

Students, parents and anyone interested in ending the problem will get a chance Monday night to learn how to stop the abuse. The school district is holding a town hall meeting at 6 p.m., at Del Sol High School.

Glenda Marcos understands the trouble bullying can cause. Her son, Acundo, switched schools this year because he was being bullied at his last school. She says in his new environment he is much happier.

“It starts in the family. You talk to the kids. If parents talked to kids regarding bullying, I think it would be no more,” Marcos said.

Valley High School senior Aaron Diaz says he has seen kids bullied. He agrees that teachers and administrators are important to stopping the problem, but not as important as parents and kids.

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS "Keeping Kids Fit" 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk Features Walkaround Elmo ™

Vegas PBS will host its second annual 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk to benefit Keeping Kids Fit, an educational outreach program targeting childhood obesity.  The event will kick-off at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Vegas PBS building, 3050 E. Flamingo Road.  Registration is open now at VegasPBS.org/KKF5K.  

Sesame Street star and children’s favorite Walkaround ElmoTM from Sesame Street TM will be on hand at the event, as well as a high energy DJ spinning Top 40 favorites, informational booths, healthy refreshments, and awards and prizes for the family-friendly crowd.

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.