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Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon Promotes Reading

Spread the Word Nevada, a nonprofit children’s literacy organization in Henderson, completed its annual Pennies for Pages Read-a-thon. During Nevada Reading Week, February 28 through March 4, Clark County School District students from local at-risk elementary schools were challenged to read in order to benefit Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs serving them.  Over 1,280,000 pages were read by 22 partner schools adopted by Kids to Kids, a flagship program of Spread the Word Nevada, which distributes books to these schools on a monthly basis.

“The success of our children’s literacy program is made possible only through the generosity and involvement of individuals from our community, sponsors, board members, and volunteers,” stated Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director, of Spread the Word Nevada. “We are proud of all the students who participated in Pennies for Pages, who read amazing amounts of pages to earn more books for their home libraries.”

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Middle School wins national FBI Internet award

Middle School wins national FBI Internet award

Del Webb Middle School in Henderson is the first middle school in the county to win a national FBI award. The school's 6th grade class won the agency's Safe Online Surfing award for January. The award goes to a class that scores the most points on a test about internet safety.

The 6th grade class outscored more than 1,200 other students from around the country. Del Webb is the second school in the state and the first in Clark County to acheive the coveted award. The monthly quiz is based on the FBI's online safety course which teaches kids how to protect themselves while online.

The official award ceremony will take place Thursday, March 17th at Del Webb Middle School in Henderson.

City to replace 500 school zone signs

City to replace 500 school zone signs

The City of Henderson plans to replace 500 school zone speed limit signs this month, asking drivers to observe posted limits when children are present instead of during specific times. 

Work to change out the signs will begin at Taylor Elementary School, Brown Middle School and Basic High School in the east of Henderson and then continue to the west. The project is anticipated to be completed by December.

Research data indicates motorists drive slower through school zones marked by “When Children Are Present” signs, resulting in increased pedestrian safety in school zones. The change in signage will also match other jurisdictions, so that motorists will see uniformity in school zone speed limit signage across the valley.

"Fostering a safe community is one of our goals in Henderson," Mayor Andy Hafen said.

Relay For Life seeks participants

Relay For Life seeks participants

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants for its Relay For Life fundraiser in April and May.

Ten relays will take place in southern Nevada during the next two months and ACS will hold a number of "Paint the Town Purple" recruiting events from April 4-7. During these events, relay committee members and team captains will be visiting area businesses encouraging community members to participate. In addition to Relay’s purple posters, volunteers will distribute purple lollipops, because "CANCER SUCKS."

Those events include: 

  • Cheeburger Cheeburger Fundraiser – Monday, April 4, 5-9 p.m., 8390 S. Rainbow Blvd.

 

  • CiCi’s Pizza Las Vegas Fundraiser – Wednesday, April 6, six locations, all day/night – 10-20 percent of sales go to ACS.

 

  • Beer Tasting Benefit - Thursday, April 7 at Freakin Frog, 7-10 p.m., 4700 S.

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Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

Henderson Police offer Citizen Academy

The Henderson Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen Academy. The 13-week academy meets each Tuesday to educate citizens, with a unique insight into the life and training of a Henderson Police Officer.

During the 13-week academy, topics discussed include community policing, use of force, gang enforcement, detention center, communications, investigations division and narcotic enforcement. The Department's SWAT unit will demonstrate various firearms, less than lethal weapons and chemical agents. Students also will have the opportunity to fire various weapons.

Classes will be held each Tuesday starting May 17 at the Henderson Police Department, 223 Lead Street. Classes are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Potential candidates must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Henderson.

For more information or obtain an application form, contact the Henderson Police Department's Training Bureau at 267-4850.

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

Open Houses Slated for Red Rock Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management, Red Rock/Sloan Field Office will be holding open houses the third Thursday of each month. The open houses will be held to give the public an opportunity to meet staff, get information about projects and planning, and ask questions about the management of Red Rock and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas and Walking Box Ranch.

The first open house will be held Thursday. Open houses will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center. When participants enter the fee booth at the entrance of the Scenic Drive, they should tell the attendant that they are attending the open house and fees will be waived.

Helldorado Parade entries being accepted

Helldorado Parade entries being accepted

It's not too early to plan your entry for the 2011 Helldorado Parade. The 2011 parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. There is no fee to enter and the City of Las Vegas will be accepting the first 120 entries now through April 25.

Thousands of people line the downtown parade route every year, and the parade is also broadcast live by Cox Communications on cable channel 96 and streamed online at http://www.cox96.net/. KCLV Channel 2 will re-broadcast the parade in the following days. A fireworks show will be launched from the Fremont Street Experience parking garage immediately after the parade.

The city's annual Hellorado Days festivities are a tribute to the anniversary of the city of Las Vegas. This year marks the city's 106th anniversary of the founding of Las Vegas. Entrants are encouraged to consider these Western roots when planning their parade applications.