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Variety School Breaks Ground for New Building

Variety School Breaks Ground for New Building

 

A groundbreaking was held Monday for a new building for the Variety School.

The new school will be built at the corner of 28th Street and Stewart Avenue. It is replacing a building that has been around since 1953. The school serves children between 6 and 22 years old with mental, physical and emotional disabilities.

The old school building is showing its age with cramped classrooms and heaters that aren’t working properly. The principal says the biggest problem is the amount of room. He says they are seeing more children who need the school.

"One of the disabilities that we are seeing increasing quite a bit is autism. We have a lot of students with autism. It is really growing," Principal Tyler Hall said.

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.

Children's Museum Focuses on Understanding Our Bodies

Children's Museum Focuses on Understanding Our Bodies

An exhibit about discovering the body pleases kids and adults.

They call it "Goofy Goggles."

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Downtown Art Scene Now Includes Kids

Downtown Art Scene Now Includes Kids

Downtown is the place for arts in the city. So far, the focus has been mostly on art activities for adults, now a group is working to open the art scene to kids.

Born and Raised Productions has started Kidz Creative Korner, a regular event for kids to explore their artistic sides. The regular events include a chance for local artists to guide kids on painting, drawing and other artistic endeavors. There is also an open mic for kids to read poetry or sing a song. 

“Now, with KCK there’s something for me to look forward to with my children. It’s really geared toward adults and children of all ages exploring creativity together through the arts,” co-creator Lesley Perceval said.

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Hosts Trunk-or-Treat Event

Metro Police want young children to have a safe and fun Halloween at their own event.

Metro is hosting a free Trunk-or-Treat event for the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The location will be the Downtown Area Command, 621 North 9th St. 

Officers will have numerous squad cars and specialized vehicles lined up at the event. The cars will be decorated for Halloween. Children will be able to go car-to-car to collect candy and interact with police officers. This is a great opportunity for people to come to an area command and meet the officers that police their community.

Metro officials want people to know the candy and decorations for this event were paid for by community partners and were not purchased with tax dollars.

Springs Preserve to Host Haunted Harvest

Springs Preserve to Host Haunted Harvest

'Spooktacular' fun for all ages awaits those who dare enter the Springs Preserve’s Haunted Harvest during select weekends in October from 5-9 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature trick or treat stations, carnival games at the Midway of Madness, a scarecrow display, live entertainment and a haunted house. Haunted Harvest is open October 14-16, 21-23 and 28-31.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for ages 4 and under. Annual pass members receive half off the regular admission price. Haunted Hayrides also will be available for an additional fee.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Springs Preserve box office or at www.springspreserve.org.

 

Dental Clinic Brings Care to Underserved Kids

Dental Clinic Brings Care to Underserved Kids

 

A new dental clinic on the Clark High School campus will provide children with much-needed dental care.

Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian joined Clark County School District Trustee Chris Garvey Friday to officially open the new Future Smiles Dental Center for education and prevention of oral disease, or E-POD, for at-risk children from birth to 18 years. The new clinic is located in a city of Las Vegas modular building at Clark High School, 4291 W. Pennwood Ave.

Nevada third graders have the highest number of dental problems in the country. Teachers and staff see more and more children with dental issues and no insurance.

“I was doing lunch duty and this little fellow could not eat his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was causing him pain and he was crying,” school counselor Diann Marcella said.