In connection with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (September), the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) All 4 Kids© program and Clark County Parks and Recreation will present the Healthy Kids Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Paradise Park, 4775 McCloud Drive, Las Vegas. The event aims to raise awareness and help create long term solutions that target childhood obesity prevention in the local community. For more information, call Cheryl Wagner at (702) 799-6560.
Friday, Sept. 19, is Count Day for school districts in the state of Nevada. As a result, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is reminding parents about the importance of Count Day as the enrollment numbers on that day determine how much the district will receive in state funding. “For any parent who has not already enrolled their child in school, we encourage them to do so by this Friday,” said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. “We would like to have appropriate funding for each of our students, so having them enrolled and in class on Count Day helps the district to obtain the additional funding for providing that child’s education.” Anyone who is not sure of which school their child should attend can contact the CCSD Demographics and Zoning Office at 702-799-6430.
A CCSD official is praising the new principal of Boulder City High School, Amy Wagner. Assistant Chief Student Achievement Officer Eva White told the Boulder City Review, “In her time with the district, (Wagner) has created unique opportunities and experiences for students. She has done a great job of building relationships at Boulder City High School, and there is no doubt that she is committed to continue working hard for the school and the community.”
Victoria Fertitta Middle School is holding an open house tonight (Sept. 18) at 6 p.m. Activities will begin with a performing arts showcase in the gym. For more information, call (702) 799-1900.
The Bartlett Elementary School Science Club is planning its annual trip to Camp Ocean Pines Science Camp in Cambria, CA. The trip will take place from May 11-15, 2015, offering 5th-grade students a chance to explore forest ecology and marine science in a fun learning environment. For more information, call (702) 799-5750.
Communities in Schools Nevada is working with students at 35 CCSD elementary and high schools to help prevent dropouts. A spokeswoman told the Las Vegas Sun, “We have site coordinators on each school campus who work to meet kids where they are and make sure any barriers they are facing are met and removed.”
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will present a parent/child interactive literacy program from Oct. 28 through Dec. 2 at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center. Family Storyteller program is a six-week program aimed at encouraging and training parents to play a vital role in the early literacy development of their children. The class meets on Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., with parents and their children taking part in reading and language activities together. Whitney Ranch Recreation Center is located at 1575 Galleria Drive in Henderson. For more information, call Marilyn Ming at (702) 257-5516.
The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension 4-H youth development program will hold its National Youth Science Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Diaz Elementary School. The family-friendly event, hosted by the Diaz Eagle Artists 4-H Club, will focus on rocketry with demonstrations of air and straw rockets and other activities. The school is located 4450 E. Owens, Las Vegas. For more information, call Karen Best at (702) 257-5538.
Thanks to a $1 million grant, the United Way of Southern Nevada is helping children from low-income families get a jump start on their education. In an interview with KLAS-TV, a United Way spokesman said the grant-funded preschool scholarships will help ensure that children are ready to enter first grade.
In conjunction with Week of Respect Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, CCSD students are being asked to wear blue clothing on Friday, Oct. 3. A proclamation by Gov. Brian Sandoval says Week of Respect aims to help ensure that Nevada is known as a place of mutual respect where bullying is not tolerated. For more information, call the CCSD Equity & Diversity Education Department at (702) 799-8484.