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Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

Dropout Prevention Program to be Recognized

 

Students at Desert Pines High School will be celebrated for their participation in a dropout prevention and job competency program.

Desert Pines High School and the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program will host a celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday to induct chapter officers and recognize more than 30 students participating in JAG. The inaugural dinner will take place in the school, 3800 Harris Avenue, Las Vegas, and will include remarks from Governor Brian Sandoval, who serves on the National JAG Board and helped bring the program to Nevada.

The program, which is in its pilot year in the school district, provides dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career strategies for students. The program assists juniors and seniors to stay on track to graduate and also provides support for young adults to pursue college or jobs with career advancement opportunities.

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey

Kids in Need to Get More Meals from Safekey

 

For some schoolchildren in southern Nevada, the meals they eat at school and Safekey after-school programs are their only nutrition.

With that difficult reality in mind, the Clark County School District, City of Las Vegas and Three Square Food Bank are partnering to expand food offerings at 44 Safekey sites in Las Vegas. 

The Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement with Three Square at Wednesday’s council meeting.

The program will expand a pilot program between the city, Three Square, and the school district started last year. The Safekey Snack Enhancement pilot program began at 15 Safekey sites, which were selected based on geographic area, program enrollment and the school’s Free and Reduced Lunch participation percentage.

UMC Checks Car Seats

UMC Checks Car Seats

 

Just days after a 3-year-old was killed in a car accident where she was in the wrong kind of car seat, officials were out Friday checking car seats.

The charity Kohl's Cares 4U teamed up with University Medical Center to offer free child seat safety checks.

"It is absolutely important to make sure that your car seat is installed correctly, not only that it is installed correctly, but that you have the proper car seat for your child," registered nurse Lisa Pacheco said.

Parents also need to know if their car seat has been recalled or if it has expired, Pacheco said. Car seats are only good for five years.

The charity also announced a $140,000 grant to the Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC to fund a childhood injury prevention outreach. 

Free Car Seat Event Helps Keep Kids Safe

Free Car Seat Event Helps Keep Kids Safe

 

Instead of wrestling with that new car seat for your baby, come out to a free event Friday where help will be available.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC will be holding a free child car seat safety event. During the event, parents can bring their cars in for a free installation of their child’s car seat. Limited quantities of car seats will also be available for parents who are not able to afford the appropriate seat for their child.

Kohl’s Cares will announce this year’s grant of nearly $140,000 to make the support possible. Kohl’s Cares 4U at Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC hosts several childhood prevention events throughout the year, including a bicycle safety rodeo, water safety event and child car seat installations.

JDRF Hope & Health Event Assists Those With Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF Hope & Health Event Assists Those With Type 1 Diabetes

Children, adults and family members of those with type 1 diabetes, as well as those who care for those with type 1, are invited to take part in a free event that will discuss the latest developments in diabetes care.

The JDRF Hope & Health Symposium happens Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cashman Center. Guest speakers with a variety of professional diabetes-related backgrounds will offer information and insight during multiple sessions dealing with a number of topics including:

  • Diabetes management
  • The latest in treatment and research
  • Good nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Mind/body well being

Sessions for children will run simultaneuously with the adult sessions and will include field games and age appropriate diabetes education.

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

 

Workshops aimed at helping parents talk to kids about teen pregnancy are scheduled for later in the month.

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will host a series of free workshops for parents and guardians interested in talking to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The first workshop is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Walnut Cecile Community Center, 3075 Walnut Road.