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School Collects Food for Those in Need

School Collects Food for Those in Need

 

Students at one elementary school wrapped up their effort to feed families in need, when they picked up thousands of donated food items Monday.

Students from Justice Myron Leavitt Middle School finished their annual food drive, picked up the items and started distributing them to local families.

The kids worked very hard to collect their goal of 10,000 food items. They walked door to door in their neighborhoods and handed out flyers at local grocery stores. 

Las Vegas High Schooler Named to U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

 

A Las Vegas high school student will be honored for his acceptance into a prestigious nationwide marching band.

Daniel Gershin from Shadow Ridge High School is the newest member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He'll be recognized for his accomplishment at an assembly set for Tuesday at Shadow Ridge High School.

Gershin is one of only 125 high school seniors from around the country chosen to play in the band or be part of the color guard. Members of the band will perform during the halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in January.

The event is not open to the public.

Teachers Spend Summer Learning New Skills

Teachers Spend Summer Learning New Skills

Thousands of Clark County School District teachers are not really taking the summer off. Instead they are spending part of their summer in the classroom.

More than 3,000 teachers are spending June, July and August in professional development classes at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. Tougher curriculum will be taught in southern Nevada classrooms this coming school year so teachers must be ready with new skills and strategies.

"We tend to get complacent. So, it is good to keep learning and have different strategies to teach the kids," fifth grade teacher Sonja Clark said.  

Federal grant money is helping fund the development sessions. Classes are being offered in several different disciplines, including math, science and technology.

Mojave Max Watch, Contest Begin Thursday

Mojave Max Watch, Contest Begin Thursday

Groundhog Day arrives Thursday and in southern Nevada, the “Mojave Max Watch” will begin. 

Although the live Mojave Max is still sleeping, people are invited to visit the desert tortoise at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor’s Center and join the Mojave Max Watch between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  A special display has been set up where everyone can participate in predicting and watching for his emergence.

While Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, is pulled from his burrow and asked if he sees his shadow, Mojave Max simply waits for the moment when the daylight and weather are just right before coming out from his burrow and proclaiming spring.

Students Get Glimpse of Life in Space

Students Get Glimpse of Life in Space

Students at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy got a glimpse at the job of an astronaut from Colonel Eric Boe.

Colonel Boe spoke to students Wednesday about his flights into space starting July 2000. He also spent 16 days working on the International Space Station in 2008. He was also on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. He says talking with the kids actually motivates him.

“I see their enthusiasm and excitement. It is a great way to be recharged and hear all their exciting plans about what they are going to do with their lives. Hopefully, they get from me the same kind of energy,” Boe said.