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Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record

Elementary Students Seek World Reading Record

 

Students at Staton and Whitney Elementary Schools are working to set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

This literacy event is to raise awareness about the importance of early education and reading. In partnership with Jumpstart’s 2011 Read for the Record and the Pearson  Foundation, pajama-wearing Ethel Staton Elementary School students will read Anna Dewdney’s book “Llama Llama Red Pajama” at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Staton Elementary School is located at 1700 Sageberry Dr., Las Vegas. Students will be sharing their love of reading with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Also on a record-setting path will be Whitney Elementary School students who will be participating in literacy fun with Governor Brian Sandoval at Whitney Elementary, 5005 Keenan Ave., Las Vegas, at 1:15 p.m.

Everyone can participate in the Read for the Record challenge by reading online. The community is invited to visit www.wegivebooks.org/campaigns/read-for-our-schools and register to read. "Llama Llama Red Pajama" is available to read on www.wegivebooks.org, as are many other children’s books.

School Receives Donation from Talk Show Host

School Receives Donation from Talk Show Host

Whitney Elementary School is back in the national spotlight.

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres recently brought truck loads of school supplies and a check for $100,000 to the school. The school has received national attention before because 87 percent of its students are homeless.

The principal, teachers and staff have stepped forward to provide their students with food, clothing, books and more. This donation will help their efforts.

“No school has ever done anything like this. It is amazing to me. It is a blessing, to be honest, that these kids don't have to go without,” said Quincy Smith, a parent of a kindergartner.

The school was the focus of a CBS Evening News report earlier this year. That story sparked donations from around the world.

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.