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Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Local Woman Receives Scholarship from Car Dealer

Local Woman Receives Scholarship from Car Dealer

Leslee Forbes has been selected as the first Nevada State College (NSC) student to receive a scholarship from Lexus of Henderson.

Forbes, a senior at NSC, is working towards a business administration degree. She will use the scholarship to help offset the costs of tuition and books.

“I have had a few setbacks in my path to receiving my education, but I am currently working hard at finishing my degree,” Forbes stated in her application for the scholarship. “I am currently a full -time student, a full-time pharmacy technician, a wife, a mother, and a co-owner of a business. I am dedicated to finishing my degree and being a role model to my young daughter. I want to show her that education is important no matter what path she chooses to take in life.”

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Starting this fall nursing students at the College of Southern Nevada will be part of a national study on simulated patients.

The study will use 154 full-time nursing students to see if more work with simulated patients can give students better training than real patients. The simulated patients are not the old-fashioned mannequins people might envision. The new simulated patients are highly sophisticated computerized mannequins that can replicate any patient condition.

Using a simulator means mistakes do not turn into tragedies and educators can make the mannequins go through scenarios that students are unlikely to see at a local hospital making them more prepared for unique situations.

The CSN nurses are part of a study going on at top nursing schools around the country.

 “CSN’s selection to take part in this project speaks to the national reputation of quality our nursing program has established,” said CSN President Dr. Michael D. Richards.

Money Pours in After School Gets National Attention

Money Pours in After School Gets National Attention

A local elementary school is looking at a much brighter future after a report about the school aired on the CBS Evening News.

For years, Whitney Elementary School's principal, teachers and students have done their own fundraising. Now with national exposure the donations are pouring in. The school's principal has dedicated her life to helping the kids in her school. Sherrie Gahn provides not just an education to her students but also basic needs like food and clothing. 

 "I started out feeding the kids, then clothing the kids, and then immunizing the kids, but the needs kept coming up. A different need kept coming up," said Gahn. "I was worried the children would continue growing up in a cycle of poverty instead of breaking it." 

Students Earn Visit from UNLV Coaches

Students from Wright Elementary School earned enough points in the annual Coaches Challenge to get a visit from two head coaches.

The Coaches Challenge program encourages students to each healthy and be part of physical activity by doing that they earn points. The schools with the most points get a visit from UNLV coaches. The fifth-graders at Wright Elementary School and third-graders at Nate Mack Elementary earned the most points and will get a visit on Tuesday from UNLV's new head Basketball Coach Dave Rice and the head women's Soccer coach Jennifer Klein.


“We continue to see high rates of obesity among children and to combat this, it is so important to encourage children to create good, healthy habits that will carry through their entire lives. By adopting good habits now they will be able to live active and full lives,” said Coach Rice.

Walker Students, Parents Meet with Senator Reid

Walker Students, Parents Meet with Senator Reid

 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid welcomed Monday students and chaperones from J. Marlan Walker International School in Henderson on the steps of the United States Capitol  as they visited Washington, D.C.

“I was pleased to welcome these impressive young Nevadans during their trip to our nation's capitol,” Reid said. "I've always believed that education must go beyond the classroom and visiting Washington is a terrific way to learn about the history of our country and our unique system of government.  We must work together to ensure that all Nevada's students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.”

The J. Marlan Walker International School in Henderson, is a Clark County public elementary school that serves nearly 900 students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade. The students visited as part of the G.A.T.E (gift and talented education) program.

Teacher Sky Dives into Carnival

Teacher Sky Dives into Carnival

A teacher from Harmon Elementary School will make a daring entrance into Friday night's PTA carnival.

Jim Dolan and three other friends will jump from a plane and land in a space just behind the school during the party. The carnival benefits the school and the Parent-Teacher Association. Dolan is the school's physical education teacher and a professional skydiver with more than 4,000 jumps under his belt. This is not the first time he's jumped at the event, he's been jumping and landing at the carnival for more than 10 years.

The carnival is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. but the jump is set for 6 p.m.