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At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

At-Risk Schools Partner with Station Casinos

School principals from 10 at-risk schools learned Friday they would be getting money from Station Casinos.

For the 13th year in a row, the company is partnering with the schools to provide them $5,000 each, to pay for programs to meet education goals.

The Smart Start school partnership was announced during a special breakfast at Green Valley Ranch Resort. The company also announced that its employees had gathered backpacks, crayons, pencils and other school supplies to give to their designated school.

"When they come to our school, they just don't bring the stuff. They with them energy and love and support. So to me, they're giving these kids hope, because they now know that someone else loves them and cares for them and values them enough to stay in school and get an education," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.

Police Put Pedestrians, Drivers on Notice Ahead of Students Return

Police Put Pedestrians, Drivers on Notice Ahead of Students Return

More than 300,000 students are returning to school in Clark County next week. 

Police from all over the Las Vegas valley are going to back to school too. They are going to be at school zones making sure students get to class safely.

Police from Henderson, North Las Vegas, Metro and the Clark County School District Police gathered at Valley High School Thursday to put drivers and pedestrians on notice.

People caught speeding, texting or driving while distracted should expect a ticket. They are fed up with people not getting the message.

"Unfortunately, we have seen way too many fatalities on our valley, 35 so far this year, 29 of those in Metro's jurisdiction. Really want to impress how important it is on those coming weeks, rest of the year, bring those numbers down," Todd Raybuck with Metro's Traffic Division said.

Back-to-School Fairs Planned Through August

Back-to-School Fairs Planned Through August

The Clark County School District is working with its School-Community Partnership Program to present a series of back-to-school fairs through August.

The fairs will provide a one stop area for students and parents to get resource information for the upcoming school year.

Students and parents will be able to talk with CCSD representatives about several topics, including school lunches, zoning, police services and ParentLink.

The school district's Transportation Department will also have kiosks at the events where parents can get bus route information.

The Southern Nevada Health District will also be at the events to provide information on immunizations and other health topics.

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

Valley High Grad Wins College Scholarship

A Valley High graduate and North Las Vegas resident was honored Wednesday by the city with a college scholarship.

Nika Sewell earned the Nevada League of Cities Youth Scholarship worth $1,000 for her academic achievement and community volunteerism. This is the second consecutive year the scholarship went to a North Las Vegas resident.

Sewell, 18, is a recent graduate of Valley High School in the International Baccalaureate Magnet Program. She was a flutist in the marching band and advanced concert band. She volunteered with 10 community service organizations, including the West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center, Valley Hospital and the Walker African-American Museum. Sewell also organized a church teddy bear drive that benefitted nursing home residents and children’s hospitals.

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four local students will receive $5,000 college scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Information from the organization credits Steve Wynn with making the awards possible. Recipients were chosen based on commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

The winners are:

Golden Graduates Part of Las Vegas High School Ceremony

Golden Graduates Part of Las Vegas High School Ceremony

Most high school graduations feature young faces, brimming with enthusiasm for the future.

However, the recent graduation ceremony for Las Vegas High School, also included a group of graduates brimming with memories.

The commencement ceremony held Friday included golden graduates from the class of 1963. The graduates wore gold gaps and gowns and sat with the graduating seniors. 

A slideshow highlighting their school days, which actually took place in the original Las Vegas High School downtown, was shown during the graduation festivities.