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Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

Young Poets Compete for Scholarship


Some of Clark County’s finest young poets will square off Tuesday for the chance to win a scholarship.

Thirty students selected from more than 1,000 entries across Clark County will perform their finest poetry recitations in the Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. The participants represent 15 local schools, and the winners will advance to the Nevada finals in Reno on March 16 to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for their school’s literary programs.

Poetry Out Loud encourages kids to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The state winner will compete at the national level in Washington D.C. for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes.

The event takes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Charleston Library Theater, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

Civil Rights Movement Recognized in Display


A monument dedicated to the civil right movement will be unveiled later this month at Palm Downtown Mortuary.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, and will feature the Civil Air Patrol’s Color Guard, as well as performances by the Las Vegas Mass Choir.

The Garden of Dreams is intended to help educate about and mark the struggles and successes of the journey toward equal rights.

Each year, Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery will reward a local student showing a “demonstrated commitment to community service and the ideals of freedom, equality and justice” with a scholarship to be used at a Nevada institution of higher learning.

The Garden of Dreams physically incorporates the struggles and successes of the civil rights movement with several unique features.

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.

Partnership Aims to Ease Transition from CSN to UNLV

Partnership Aims to Ease Transition from CSN to UNLV


The College of Southern Nevada and UNLV are formalizing a partnership to help students transition between the schools.

CSN President Michael Richards and UNLV President Neal Smatresk will unveil the UNLV/CSN Transfer Partnership on Tuesday at the CSN Charleston campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

School officials said the partnership, which includes housing two full-time UNLV transition advisors within CSN Transfer Centers, is designed to improve the transfer experience and provide CSN students with more support as they move from the two-year college to the four-year university.

“Navigating the transition from community college to university can be difficult, and the transfer office will provide significant assistance in for students planning that transition. We also hope it will inspire others whose goals did not include a four-year degree to think bigger,” said UNLV executive vice president and provost John White.

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.

UNLVino Expands to Four Days

UNLVino Expands to Four Days


One of UNLV’s most prominent fundraising events will expand to four days in 2013.

The 39th annual UNLVino will span four days from April 18-21. Organizers say the wine festival will showcase an array of international beverages including wine, beer and spirits.

UNLVino’s $350 wine-lovers “passport” package – includes admission to all four tastings, a savings of more than $100.

Events include:

Variety School Celebrates Opening of New Campus

Variety School Celebrates Opening of New Campus


A new campus serving special needs students in southern Nevada celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning.

The Clark County School District held a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new Variety School campus, which serves a student population comprised of special needs children.

The larger facility is equipped with vocational education areas, a student kitchen, recycling center, laundry center and graphics center.