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Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Saint Anne Students Help Prepare Food Boxes For Thanksgiving

Students at Saint Anne Catholic School took a brief escape from their school books this week to learn a different kind of lesson.

For about an hour, members of the eighth-grade class experienced what it's like to help those less fortunate. The students packed more than 50 food boxes that will go to families who are clients of the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority (SNRHA).

According to SNRHA, the average annual income of clients receiving housing assitance is approximately $10,450. The food boxes contain everything needed for a family of four to enjoy a holiday meal on Thanksgiving including a 10-pound turkey, dressing, mixed vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. The food boxes are part of the Arizona Charlie's Feed a Family program.

Millions Coming to 6 Southern Nevada Schools

Millions Coming to 6 Southern Nevada Schools

Millions of dollars is coming to four middle schools and two high schools in Clark County thanks to an innovation grant.

The $3 million Investing in Innovation is coming from the Department of Education. It will be used to expand innovative classroom practices, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates and increase college enrollment.

The grant money will be focuses on improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs also known as STEM. 

Money will go to Garside Junior High School, Gibson, Findlay and Johnston Middle Schools. Funds will also go to Mojave and Western High Schools.

School districts from around the country had to apply for the grant. Similar to the Race for the Top and School Improvement Grants, the innovation grant is highly competitive. The Clark County School District was one of only 20 districts to receive the grant out of 700 applications.

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four schools from around southern Nevada have a lot more money this week thanks to efforts by Nevada State Bank.

The bank gave away $30,000 to the schools through its You Vote, Schools Win campaign. The school with the most votes received the biggest check. Repeating last year's win, Clark High School won the top prize of $12,000 after securing 7,296 votes. The students got the good news and the money Tuesday.

The school with the second largest number of votes was East Career and Technical Academy. It received more than 6,800 votes to earn $8,000.

Canarelli Middle School was third with more than 6,100 votes and Wolff Elementary School was fourth with 3,500 votes. Each of those schools will receive $5,000. The last check was given out Thursday afternoon.

“School spirit is definitely strong and these schools did an impressive job of getting people to show their support and vote,” said Dallas Haun, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank.

Clark High Wins Big in Facebook Contest

Clark High Wins Big in Facebook Contest

 

Clark High School garnered the most votes in a Facebook contest and the $12,000 prize that came with it.

For the past eight weeks, people voted for their favorite Nevada public school on Nevada State Bank’s Facebook page. During the Nevada State Bank $30K Giveaway: You Vote, Schools Win campaign, nearly 43,000 votes were cast, as Clark gained an early lead and held onto it.

Bank officials visited Clark on Tuesday to share the good news and to present a 6-foot check for $12,000 with students and faculty. Nevada State Bank executives joined KLUC 98.5 FM’s disc jockey Chet Buchanan to surprise students.

Leaky Roof Plagues Elementary School

The rainy weather Thursday caused a number of problems at schools around southern Nevada.

Sand bags had to be put up around a few storage areas at Las Vegas High School. Desert Rose High School cancelled classes and at Rex Bell Elementary a leaky roof caused problems.

According to Assistant Principal Christina Miani, the ceiling of the front office was coming apart because of the rain water leaking through. Students had to walk through an inch or more of water in the hallways.

She says the roof is an example of why many older schools in southern Nevada need to be replaced.

"I think this is the reason why we need new school facilities here at Rex Bell Elementary School because we want the best for our students, all of our students. We need to be top notch so we can continue being a four star striving to be a five-star elementary school," Miani said.

'Batman' Cast Recognizes School for Efforts to Stop Bullying

'Batman' Cast Recognizes School for Efforts to Stop Bullying

The cast of "Batman Live" visited a southern Nevada school to recognize their efforts to stop bullying.

The students at West Preparatory Academy got a chance to meet the people playing DC Comic characters live on stage at the Thomas & Mack Center. They also got to see the Batmobile that is used on stage.

The school was recognized for its efforts in the Flip the Script program, which aims to combat bullying in Nevada. According to the principal at West Prep, the school has resources in place to help kids who are struggling. He says it is really about every student doing his or her part.

"I think at the core, kids are good. They want good things to happen for themselves, for their friends, for their colleagues, for the people they see at school and we do see kids standing up for one another," Principal Mike Piccininni said.