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Foundation Uses Donation to Improve Parent Literacy

Foundation Uses Donation to Improve Parent Literacy


A local supermarket made a big donation to fund a literacy program for a southern Nevada elementary school.

Cardenas Markets donated $50,000 to the Public Education Foundation to help fund the Family Literacy Program at Paul Culley Elementary School.

The program works to help improve the parents reading ability so they can help their children. Parents spend two hours every week in the classroom with their children.

"After parents go through this program, they feel more comfortable to read with the children to help with the school and volunteer at the school," Hergit Llenas, with the Public Education Foundation, said.

Parents also go through classes specifically designed to help them improve their reading skills, along with financial and workplace literacy. 

Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year

Truancy Court Judges Get Ready for Another Year


Clark County School District students who cut class will be facing a new batch of judges in the Truancy Diversion Project, otherwise known as truancy court.

Volunteer attorneys commit to be judges in the court and conduct weekly sessions with kids who are chronically truant. The volunteers received instructions about what to expect this year during orientation at Family Court Monday. Truancy court judges say there are a multitude of reasons students are skipping classes.

"It is a lack of friends. It is because they are hanging out with the wrong friends. It is because they do not feel good about the education they are getting. It is because they do not understand. They have learning problems. It is because they are watching other siblings. It is because they are homeless," truancy court judge William Potter said. 

City Councilman Delivers Supplies to Ward 3 Schools

Las Vegas City Councilman helped the kids in his ward by delivering much-needed school supplies.

Bob Coffin delivered supplies to all 13 elementary schools in Ward 3. Each school received a pallet loaded with an assortment of supplies from pencils and crayons to hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

"I realize that some families cannot supply what children need to succeed at school during these tough economic times," said Councilman Coffin, "and our school district is struggling with funding. I just want to be sure that we are doing what we can so that every child and every school has what is necessary."

Money for the supplies came from the Ward 3 budget.



Variety School Celebrates New Location

Variety School Celebrates New Location

A nonprofit organization that provides child care and family services to those in need is celebrating a new home in a unique location.

A pre-construction open house was held Tuesday at the Variety Early Learning Center's new facility. The building it will call home is the former Nevada State Museum site in Lorenzi Park.

The interior is being retrofitted to fit the school’s needs, which include full-day child care along with early childhood development programs and education. Once finished, it will be a state-of-the-art location for kids

"Our children really do need a really nice place so they can come, and they can be happy and know that really nice things do exist in the world," Ruby Collins with Variety Early Learning Center said.

The school moved because it had outgrown its old facility downtown. The City of Las Vegas and numerous local businesses were involved in making the move possible.

CSN and VA Partner to Educate Homeless Veterans

CSN and VA Partner to Educate Homeless Veterans


The College of Southern Nevada is looking for homeless veterans to be part of a program it is launching this fall semester.

CSN will be part of the Veterans Retraining Assistance program which provides education and training services for unemployed and homeless veterans. The program is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Veterans who qualify can get up to 12 months of help paying for full-time postsecondary education equivalent to $1,473 a month. Local homeless shelters are working with CSN to recommend qualified veterans.

An orientation on the program is set for Friday at the CSN Veterans Education Center, 6375 W. Charleston Boulevard. Call 651-5060 for more information about the meeting.

To qualify, veterans must meet the following criteria:

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden

Business Interns Host Event for Community Garden


An event focused on a downtown community garden is slated for Saturday evening.

Students in Clark County’s Summer Business Institute (SBI) internship program will host a senior and youth community fair from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vegas Roots Community Garden, 715 N. Tonopah Drive.

The event will feature entertainment, a talent show, food and nutrition vendors, arts and crafts fair, carnival games and the unveiling of a new mural designed and painted by the students. Anyone interested in attending must bring paint supplies, gardening tools, or clear Christmas lights to donate in return for admission. The donated materials will be given to the community garden.