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Kids Get Lesson in Healthy Eating from Local Chef

Kids Get Lesson in Healthy Eating from Local Chef


A local nonprofit along with a local chef brought the message of healthy eating directly to kids in a demonstration at a southern Nevada school Thursday.

Create A Change Now brought Chef Shane Stuart to McWilliams Elementary School to show kids about healthy eating and teach them how to make a fresh garden smoothie.

The effort goes beyond just Thursday's event. Create A Change Now also helped plant a garden at the school to show the students where fresh food comes from and how to use it.

The chef took the ingredients for the smoothie from the garden planted by the children.

"We are hoping to effect our rates of childhood obesity. In the state of Nevada, we are 11th in the nation and it is time for us to start caring about our next generation," Create A Change Now founder Candace Maddin said.

Dinosaurs to Touch, Ride on Display at Cashman Center

Dinosaurs to Touch, Ride on Display at Cashman Center


Kids will get a chance to get close up to some of the fierce creatures that once roamed the earth.

The Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit opens its doors this weekend at Cashman Center. The exhibit features 60 animatronic and museum-quality dinosaur replicas.

"It is a concept of an attraction plus a museum. We are priding ourselves on being educational and informative plus also having activities for kids to do," show manager Steven Rosholt said.

The display is not just to look at, kids will also get a chance to get up close and actually touch some of the replicas. Kids will even get a chance to ride the biggest, fiercest dinosaur in the Jurassic Period, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  

"It is a lot of work that we have to put in to move them around, but once the show comes and you see the kids faces light up. It just makes all the work worth it," Rosholt said.

Robots Take Over Cashman Center for Competition

Some of the best and brightest students from around the country are in Las Vegas this weekend for the FIRST Robotics Competition Southwest Regionals.

More than 47 high school teams from seven states and seven countries will be competing against each other at Cashman Center.

The students have spent the past six weeks creating robots that can toss disks into a goal and then climb a pyramid. During the competition, the robots must try to score as many disks into the goals as possible in two minutes and 15 seconds.

Disks that hit higher goals score more points. Robots which can then climb the pyramids at the end of the match get bonus points.

The winners of this weekend's competition move on to the national championships set for later this month in St. Louis, Missouri.

The whole idea behind the competition is to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, classes.  

Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers

Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers


The Clark County School District is touting the success of a new program designed to improve student reading skills and educator effectiveness.

The Reading Skills Development Centers are a partnership between CCSD and UNLV and have been set up in six elementary schools. The centers focus on students kindergarten through third grade.

Tutors, coaching and master-reading teachers are all used in the centers to help students improve their reading skills.

Students from Camberio, Long, Manch, Martinez, Peterson and Williams elementary schools are benefitting from the program.

Those schools were chosen because they have a high number of English language learners, and low reading scores. However, the principals and staff were committed to increasing reading skills and improving instruction techniques.


Hyde Park Students Win Regional Science Bowl

Hyde Park Students Win Regional Science Bowl

Students from Hyde Park Middle School are now eligible to compete in the 23rd annual National  School Science Bowl, after winning the Nevada Regional Middle School Science Bowl this past weekend.

Hyde Park students competed against 30 other teams from across the state. They had to compete in a fast-paced Jeopardy-style game, solving technical problems and answering questions in all branches of science and math.

The students will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to the National Finals set for April 25 through 29.

The competition was created in 1991 by the Department of Energy as a way to encourage students to be leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. More than 200,000 students have participated in the science bowl during its 22 year history. 

Hyde Park Middle School Claims Science Bowl Title

Hyde Park Middle School Claims Science Bowl Title


Students from Hyde Park Middle School will head to Washington, D.C., for a national competition following their win in the Nevada Science Bowl.

Hyde Park won a nine-hour competition, winning $1,000 for their math/science department and also an expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent the state in the National Science Bowl in April.

Saturday’s competition began with 29 middle school teams from Las Vegas facing off in a “Jeopardy-style” format. The double-elimination tournament tested students’ knowledge of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics.

The event was held at Henderson International School.

Winning Schools:

  • Hyde Park Middle School -Blue – First Place - $1,000 and trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Roy Martin Middle School – Second Place - $600
  • Faith Lutheran Junior High – Third Place - $350
  • Hyde Park Middle School - Green – Fourth Place - $250

Students Conference on Preparing for Their Futures

Students Conference on Preparing for Their Futures


More than 100 Clark County students had a chance to learn about preparing for their future during the 12th annual African-American Youth Leadership Conference Friday.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly hosted the conference at the West Las Vegas Library as part of Black History Month.

The conference features workshops on a wide range of topics, including money management social responsibility, goal setting and advancing education.

"We have to try and grab as many of them as we can and say, 'hello, there is life after high school, and there is this place out there called the real world, and guess what? You are standing right at the front door of it, and if you don't take what's being offered here, it will gobble you up and spit you out,'" Commissioner Weekly said.

Principals from around southern Nevada selected the students to participate in the conference.