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Art Contest Winners Announced

Art Contest Winners Announced


The winners of the annual Earth Day art contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission were announced Friday.

There were two grand prizes awarded. The first went to Yazaret Arredondo and Rebecca Gort of Roy Martin Middle School. The second grand prize went to Crisann Bautista of West Prep School.

A community online vote determined the winners from nearly 100 submissions from nine schools around southern Nevada. The winning artworks will now be featured on the sides of 40-foot RTC transit vehicles for the next year. The theme of the contest was the RTC’s initiative of quicker, cleaner and greener.

“The inspired artwork of these talented students celebrates Earth Day and highlight the various options we have to promote sustainable transportation,”  Tina Quigley, RTC general manager, said.

The runners-up will have their artwork displayed on posters inside some RTC vehicles.  Runners-up included:

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools


Students from five different elementary schools received books Monday from volunteers in Las Vegas for TribeFest.

TribeFest is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. It is a national leadership conference with 1,500 young adults from 81 communities around the country. A service day for the conference was Monday. They gathered books and delivered them to kids at Paradise, Crestwood, Park, Lake and Peterson Elementary Schools. 

More than 1,000 volunteers delivered bags filled with books to the kids. The children will take the bags home to start their own home libraries. The organizers say giving back to the community is an important part of the leadership skills they’re trying to instill.

Nearly 3,000 books were provided by PJ Library a nonprofit which gives free books to nearly 100,000 children around the country every month. The participants in the conference donated another 1,000 books.

Students Rewarded for Improving Attendance

Students Rewarded for Improving Attendance

Students at Chaparral High School got a holiday treat like no other Friday. They were rewarded for achieving a goal only two other schools -- in the entire country -- were able to reach.

A year ago, Chaparral High School was struggling with a poor attendance rate and low test scores. In an effort to make changes, Clark County School District Superintendant Dwight Jones did a complete overhaul by hiring new staff and a new prinicipal.

Chaparral is now being nationally recognized for improving its school attendance. The school took part in the Get Schooled National Attendance Challenge.

"What they're doing is looking at kids that have improved attendance and academic performance in the course of a year. And of course, they compared last year's data with this year's data. And, what we noticed was there was a five percent increase in attendance," said Chaparral Assistant Principal Todd Petersen.

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.

Schools Receive Money to Improve Literacy


Six schools around southern Nevada received thousands of dollars in grant money to help improve literacy.

The retail giant Target is giving the schools $50,000 to fund reading intervention programs for second and third-graders. The program uses teacher development, substitute teacher support and a web-based curriculum. Students can access innovative practices for reading online.

At Wednesday’s donation ceremony, kids were given books to take home and fill their own libraries. The ceremony took place at Jydstrup Elementary School, but five other schools will be getting donations. Beckley, Deskin, Fyfe, Hinman and Pittman Elementary Schools are all getting money to set up the program.

Student Earns 'Lion King' Tickets for Entire School

Every student at one southern Nevada elementary school got a ticket to see one of the biggest musicals of all time.

The cast from "The Lion King" gave Long Elementary School 1,000 tickets in honor of the show’s 1,000th performance. The school was picked because of an essay written by fifth-grader Daniel Hernandez. He entered a contest where he had to explain why his school should go to the show. 

“They narrowed it down to seven finalist essays. They had such difficulty picking out the winning essay that the other runners-up, the other six runners-up, also won consolation prizes,” Aaron de Jesus, who plays Timon in the show, said.

The announcement was a surprise for the entire school.