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Strip Performer Encourages Students to Read During Career Week Stop

Strip Performer Encourages Students to Read During Career Week Stop

Strip performer Mac King took his brand of comedy and magic to the students of Heard Elementary School last Wednesday.

King wasn’t just there to entertain; he also had a message for the students. His show was part of Career Week 2012. King told the students how he was inspired to become a magician after checking out a book about magic from his elementary school library. He encouraged the students to check out their libraries to find the subjects that interested them. He also donated an autographed copy of his book  "Tricks with Your Head" to the school library.

The comedian and magician performed some magic tricks and read the students a few books. King is in his 12th year as the headliner at Harrah’s Las Vegas.  

Will you accept the challenge?

Will you accept the challenge?

The 2012 Polar Plunge® registration websites are live and people are already getting in the mix for this fun and crazy event.  Check it out at iPolarPlungeNV.com and learn about you can qualify to win an iPad2 while you're at it.

Join us on February 18 in Las Vegas when we brave the chilly waters in support of a great cause! The exact location of the plunge has not yet been announced.

The Polar Plunge® is a national event for Special Olympics programs.  We challenge the Las Vegas desert-dwellers to help us prove that it can get pretty frigid here too.

Gather up your most adventurous pals.  Decide on your team theme and set your sights on the BEST COSTUME award.  Register online, collect pledges and earn some very cool prizes (like a chance to win an iPad2.)  Remember there is only one rule: NO WETSUITS ALLOWED!

School District Kitchen Ready to Serve

School District Kitchen Ready to Serve

The Clark County School District’s largest department is ready for school to start on Monday.

The food services department prepared cinnamon rolls, chicken nuggets and cookies for the first day of school. The district makes 175,000 meals at its central kitchen every day. The 150 cooks and food preparers use an assembly line to put together nutritious meals.

"They are putting together a cold tray on the speed line which is a half of applesauce and the kids' favorite, a low-fat cookie with sprinkles," said CCSD dietician Virginia Beck.

The department will be facing an even bigger task this year. A record 169,000 students will be on the free or reduced lunch program. That is 55 percent of students in the district. Elementary and middle school lunches cost $1.75. High school lunches are $3.           

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Safekey Ready for Back to School

Clark County School District schools start Monday and so do Safekey programs.

The 22 Safekey sites in North Las Vegas are set to open on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 29. Potential recreation center closures resulting from recently approved budget reductions will not affect Safekey operations.

Parents can register for Safekey now or attend Clark County School District open house events, where City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide registration forms.  Parents can register and pay their $5 enrollment fee at these events. Parents also can register online at www.cityofnorthlasvegas.com and at the Neighborhood Recreation Center, 1638 N. Bruce Street or Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane.

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.

Cannery Casino Provides Teachers A Free Lunch

What you've heard about the free lunch, may not true. About 50 teachers from Jacob E. Manch Elementary School received a complimentary meal on Thursday. 

The teacher appreciation luncheon happens every year, underwritten by the Cannery Casino Hotel, to thank the teachers for supporting and enriching their young students throughout the year, and also to celebrate the beginning of summer!

While June 9 is the last day of school, many Manch Elementary teachers will continue their education during the summer. Some will take additional college credits and others will undergo standardized training on teaching the Common Core curriculum.

Before dismissing their students, teachers emphasized the importance of reading over the summer.